Callistemon phoeniceus – Bottlebrush

A low-mounding growth habit with bright-red flowers and greyish-green foliage are the key features of this unusual bottlebrush. Using it as groundcover will work particularly well in areas that have poor drainage. Trim back behind the spent flowers at the end of summer to keep it flowering well the following spring.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Callistemon phoeniceus
Common Name:Bottlebrush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.5 ~ 3 metres
Width:2 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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