Callistemon subulatus

Tonghi Bottle Brush

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (39138)

Plant details

Hardy in all but the coldest parts of the country, this fine species of bottle brush can bring a flavour of the Australian outback to any garden. Narrow, needle-pointed leaves cover the arching stems which become topped with dense spikes of brilliant red flowers in summer. Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Family: Myrtaceae

Genus: Callistemon

Species: subulatus

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: July to August

Flowering period: July to September

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