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Callistemon 'Rose Opal' (Bottlebrush)

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Plant description

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Callistemon 'Rose Opal' is a dwarf compact shrub which is great for smaller gardens. It has bright red bottle brush flowers, the best flush is in spring with more in summer and autumn. The flowers are loved by honey eating birds and insects. It is an excellent hardy and tolerant garden or tub specimen and can also be used for hedging. Will suit most soil types, and does well in full sun to part shade. Grows to a couple of metres tall and a metre wide. Prune back dead flowers to keep tidy if desired.

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 autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.8 metres
Minimum height: 1.5 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?

Yes. Attracts: birds, 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: not specified.

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