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Callistemon 'Matthew Flinders' (Bottlebrush)

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Plant description

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Matthew Flinders is a fabulous dwarf bottlebrush, growing to just under a metre tall and half a metre wide, with dark red flowers and attractive mid-green foliage. A great flowering callistemon, it has a main flush of flowers in late winter to spring, and will further spot flower through the year. Honey eating birds, butterflies and insects will be attracted to the abundant nectar. A great rockery, container plant or general garden shrub. This plant is naturally dense, so is great for low maintenance gardens. Remove the old flowers if desired, as this will encourage fresh new growth and more flowering.

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 winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.75 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 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, butterflies, 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.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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