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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.
Flower colour: red
Flowering season: summer autumn winter
Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 4 metres
Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: 3 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, birds, bees, possums.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.5-8.0
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.