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Ceratopetalum gummiferum 'Johanna's Christmas' (NSW Christmas Bush)

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Plant description

ceratopetalum gummiferum johannas christmas 003

ceratopetalum gummiferum johannas christmas 004

ceratopetalum gummiferum johannas christmas 002

ceratopetalum gummiferum johannas christmas 001

The compact habit and stunning red flowers are the key features of this beautiful form of the ever popular NSW Christmas Bush. It grows to only a metre high, making it a perfect choice for container growing as a living Christmas decoration, or use it as a feature shrub in a sunny well drained position in the garden. Use a native potting mix if growing in a pot. Give it a light trim back behind the spent flowers after Christmas. Feed with a good native fertiliser in spring.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Red
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Insects.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: All year.

Types of fertiliser: Low phosphorus.

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