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Correa 'Canberra Bells' (Native Fuchsia)

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Plant description

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Canberra’s centenary demanded a very special Australian plant be selected to commemorate the event in the nation’s gardens. This delicate new hybrid correa  features brightly bicoloured flowers in red and white that are borne in profusion through autumn and early winter. It forms a small, compact shrub that will benefit from tip pruning when small and a light trim after flowering only if necessary. It prefers a well drained soil type but can be grown to absolute perfection in a medium to large container plant that will attract nectar feeding birds even into small suburban backyards. It is a deliberate hybrid between Correa ‘Federation Belle’ and C. ‘Mannii’  produced by Peter and Jenny Ollerenshaw of Bywong Nursery.

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 and white
Flowering season: autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.7 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 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: Nectar feeding birds.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus native plant fertiliser.

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