Callistemon ‘Spotfire’ – Bottlebrush

This is a new compact bottlebrush cultivar with fine foliage, masses of red flowers in spring and an attractive pendant growth habit. It spreads into an interesting mushroom-shaped plant that makes a nice feature plant in the garden and is extremely adaptable to a wide range of soil types and climatic conditions. Its compact habit means that you can get away without pruning it, particularly if it is in a position in the garden where it is not closely observed such as in an extensive outdoor shrubbery. Pruning will turn Spotfire into an even more compact plant.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Callistemon
Cultivar:Spotfire
Common Name:Bottlebrush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Width:1.5 ~ 2.5 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Weeping
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Uses:Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, 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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