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

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Plant description

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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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