Bottlebrush
(Callistemon viminalis 'Harkness')

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Callistemon 'Harkness'

Callistemons are good value, robust shrubs able to cope with frost, pollution, and seaspray. These Australian plants have masses of flowers and are bird-attracting. This weeping, hybrid bottlebrush grows up to 6m and has bright red flower spikes up to 12cm produced abundantly in spring and early summer. The new growth is pink, while mature leaves are a mid-green. Regular pruning will maintain the shape. This plant is a nectar and seed source for birds.

Type
Native
Maintenance
High
Water use
Moderate
Lifecycle
Perennial
Container
Zero
Size
Medium Trees & shrubs 3 - 7 metres
Root size
2.5 metres
Foliage
Evergreen
Zones
Arid interior, Semi-arid with winter rain, Moist temperate with warm summers, Winter rains with dry summers, Moist tropical, Semi-arid with summer rain, Moist temperate with hot summers
Soils
Sandy, Loam, Clay
Tolerances
Salt
Regions
Yarra Valley Water plants, Habitat plants
Shade levels
Full sun
Flowering seasons
Spring, Summer
Colours
Red
Gardens
Backyard