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Callistemon viminalis 'Captain Cook' (Bottlebrush)

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Grevilleas for Cold Climates. Live in a colder part of Australia. These grevilleas for can handle it.

Planning your garden. Learn how to design a garden using a step-by-step approach.

How to plant. Learn how to plant correctly. Planting correctly will not only get your garden off to a flying start, but it will also ensure that your plants's root systems develop as healthily as possible, maximising their long-term stability.

DIY Retaining Walls. Learn about building a retaining wall for your garden. This article explains your options.

Plant description

Callistemon Captain Cook 1

Callistemon viminalis 'Captain Cook' is a compact, hardy shrub. It is one of the best red bottlebrushes, with arching branches and a dense habit. The small, narrow leaves, the weeping growth and spectacular flowering make this a great hedge plant. Best flowering in a full sun position, but will also do well in light shade.  Responds well to general fertilisers, apply in spring.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1.5 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

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

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds, insects.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Sand: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.5

Pests

Scale

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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