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Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'

Bottle brush

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (21465)

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), this is one of the most reliable bottle brush plants to grow outdoors. The dense cylindrical spikes of crimson flowers are carried on the ends of the willowy branches in summer. Even without flowers its narrow evergreen leaves provide plenty of interest and release a lemon scent if gently bruised. When young, they are an attractive pinkish-red in colour. Plant beside a sheltered sunny wall for the best flower displays. To propagate, take cuttings in spring.

Family: Myrtaceae

Genus: Callistemon

Species: citrinus

Cultivar: Splendens

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: March to April


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