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Callistemon viminalis 'Green John' (Bottlebrush, Callistemon)

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Plant description

callistemon viminalis green john(1)

callistemon viminalis green john

Callistemon viminalis 'Green John' is a dense growing small shrub with bright red bottlebrush flowers in spring. It is like Callistemon 'Little John', but is denser, faster growing, and the foliage is light green, which contrasts nicely with the flowers. It is very resistant to Myrtle rust. Suits sandy to well drained soil, and sun or part shade. Makes a great low hedge plant, and can be trimmed to shape. Bottlebrushes respond well to pruning.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.6 metres

Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, bees.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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