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Callistemon 'Spotfire' (bottlebrush)

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Plant description

callistemon spotfire 003

callistemon spotfire 001

callistemon spotfire 002

This is a new compact bottlebrush cultivar with fine foliage, masses of red flowers in spring and an attractive pendant growth habit. It spreads into an interesting mushroom-shaped plant that makes a nice feature plant in the garden and is extremely adaptable to a wide range of soil types and climatic conditions. Its compact habit means that you can get away without pruning it, particularly if it is in a position in the garden where it is not closely observed such as in an extensive outdoor shrubbery. However, it will benefit from a light pruning behind the spent flowers as this will prevent seed pods forming as these can start to look unsightly if they are allowed to build up over several years. Give it a handful of general purpose fertiliser after flowering and you will be rewarded with a better display the following spring. Bred by Angus Stewart on behalf of RAMM Botanicals Nursery.

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: 2.5 metres
Minimum width: 1.5 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: Attracts nectar feeding birds such as honeyeaters and spinebills.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Sand: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Pests

scale insects and webbing caterpillars

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: General purpose.

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