Callistemon viminalis ‘Slim’ – Bottlebrush

A useful new bottlebrush variety with a neat upright habit, lush foliage with pale new growth, bearing stunning large red flowers for most of the year. This large shrub to small tree is perfect for use in hedges, windbreaks and screens, and the tall narrow growth habit of this variety makes it the ideal bottlebrush for these uses in areas with limited space for planting. For smaller areas and hedges the size can be limited with pruning to height of approx. 60cm wide x 1.5m high. Very hardy and low maintenance with good frost and drought tolerance once established, making it an excellent variety for landscape and garden plantings.

Scientific Name:Callistemon viminalis
Common Name:Bottlebrush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 3 metres
Width:0.6 ~ 1.3 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Column-shaped
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects






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




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.