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Callistemon viminalis 'Red Alert' (Bottlebrush)

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Get The Right Turf For Your Situation. Tips from OzBreed. Learn how to choose the right turf for your garden or other grassy area.

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Microclimates in your garden. Did you know your whole garden may be a microclimate that allows you to grow plants that would not thrive on the other side of the street? Read this article to learn more.

Dealing with possums in the garden.

Plant description

callistemon viminalis red alert

callistemon 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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