Eremophila calorhabdos – Emu Bush

An attractive and very drought tolerant shrub, with an interesting upright habit with long spears of stems. It bears bright pink to red flowers in winter to spring which are nectar rich, bringing birds and insects to the garden. Careful pruning of this plant will lead to great results- if you prune while it is young it will encourage the plant to be more dense, but still have the unusual upright habit, making it great for narrow spaces and hedging. There are more grey leafed forms which are also very attractive. Naturally occurring on alkaline soils, in arid areas with light and sandy soils, if you have heavier soils it is advisable to form raised beds or plant in containers. Can be used for cut flowers, and is tolerant of some frost.

Scientific Name:Eremophila calorhabdos
Common Name:Emu Bush
Other Common Names:Red Rod Emu Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 4 metre
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:Red, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Column-shaped
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Hardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Other insects



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