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Callistemon 'Summer Days' is a small arching free flowering shrub with dense foliage and reddish new growth. The dark red brushes open in late spring and continue through summer, flowering much later than other small bottlebrushes. Use as low hedging or specimen planting mixed with other shrubs or beneath taller screening plants. An adaptable plant for wet areas to dry soils, and also coastal gardens. Likes a sunny spot, and tolerates frost. Grows to around a metre tall and wide, and pruning after flowering will encourage more, and will help to increase the plant density.
Flower colour: red
Flowering season: spring autumn
Maximum height: 0.9 metres
Minimum height: 0.6 metres
Maximum width: 1.2 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: birds, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.
Clay: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.
Sand: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.