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Calliandra haematocephala (Red powderpuff tree, Calliandra)

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Plant description

calliandra haematocephala red powderpuff tree

calliandra haematocephala powderpuff tree.

Calliandra haematocephala, the red powderpuff tree, is an evergreen large shrub to small tree that bears striking red puffball flowers. They attract butterflies, bees, birds and possums. They flower from summer to autumn, through to winter in warmer areas. It is an adaptable plant, but prefers a warm, humid climate, and a moist fertile soil. Best for warm temperate areas to the sub-tropics, as they are not frost tolerant. Prune to keep growth compact.

It is also known as Calliandra inaequilatera.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red
Flowering season: summer autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 4 metres

Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: 3 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, birds, bees, possums.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6.5-8.0

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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