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Ceratopetalum gummiferum 'Alberys Red' (New South Wales Christmas Bush)

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Plant description

Ceratopetalum gummiferum Alberys Red

Ceratopetalum gummiferum Alberys Red 3

Ceratopetalum gummiferum Alberys Red 2

Ceratopetalum 'Alberys Red' is a proven performer. An outstanding form of NSW Christmas Bush, it has very bright red flowers just in time for Christmas, on a compact large shrub to small tree. The flowers are great for cutting for long lasting bunches for Christmas decoration. Prune about 30% off the plant, straight after flowering to encourage a  more dense growth habit. A great feature plant and cut flower, growing to around 5 metres tall. It needs a good well drained sandy to loamy soil, in sun or dappled shade. Best in temperate to subtropical climates. Tolerates light frost.

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Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 5 metres

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: not suitable.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5-6.5

Diseases

Phytophthera

Pests

Leaf-curling psyllids, scale

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: any.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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