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Callistemon laevis

crimson bottlebrush

Eventual height & spread

Callistemon laevis

crimson bottlebrush

  • available to order from autumn
  • 2 litre pot
  • £19.99
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, neutral to acid soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to August
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need winter protection)

    Splendid crimson-red flowerspikes are borne in profusion, putting on an impressive display in spring and summer. An eye-catching specimen for a sunny shrub border, the new foliage emerges with a pinkish-red flush, but turns dark green with age. In frost prone areas it's best to grow them in a container so they can be overwintered in a cool greenhouse or conservatory. The leaves will release a delicious lemon scent when crushed.

  • Garden care: Tip prune young plants to encourage bushy growth. Established plants should be pruned in stages over two or three summers, cutting back older wood to younger, outward-facing shoots immediately after flowering.