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Callistemon viminalis 'Red Alert' (Bottlebrush)

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Helpful articles

Combating too much rain - 8 top tips
. Tips for the gardener on how to cope with lots of rain.

Winter Flowering Plants for the Garden. No Australian garden need be free of flowers in winter. Read this article to learn about some great winter flowering plants.

Gymea Lilies - Doryanthes excelsa. Everything about the Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa) is larger than life. The bold foliage can reach over four metres in height and some majestic flower stems can reach over ten metres tall.

Green walls (or Vertical Garden). Learn how to create an amazing vertical garden wall using a variety of plants including herbs.

Plant description

callistemon red alert

callistemon viminalis red alert

Callistemon viminalis 'Red Alert' is a hardy shrub with vivid red foliage, and is a great native alternative to Photinia. The brightest growth is in spring and autumn, with lighter red growth through the rest of the year. It is naturally dense, and pruning will encourage an even tidier habit. It is a hardy and easy care plant that grows on a wide range of soils, and in sun or partial shade. Copes with drought and frost.

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

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 2.5 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: 1.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is 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, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.

Sand: 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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