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Callistemon 'Red Rocket' (Bottlebrush)

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Plant description

callistemon bottlebrush red rocket 2

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Callistemon 'Red Rocket' is a gorgeously colourful and very hardy small shrub, great for low maintenance gardens. The new growth is bright red on darker older foliage, and the plant is compact. Good for landscaping impact and also great for containers. Grows to around a metre and a half tall and round, making it suitable for low hedges and screens and for colour contrast with other plants. Suits most soil types including wet and dry soils, also frost tolerant. Can be trimmed to size as it responds well to pruning. Feed in spring and summer with a good all purpose fertiliser. Good in full sun to part shade.

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

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 1.5 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?

Not specified.

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: wet, moist, well-drained.

Pests

Scale

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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