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Callistemon Citrinus "Crimson Bottlebrush" Seeds (1000)

Callistemon Citrinus "Crimson Bottlebrush" Seeds (1000)

Regular price $5.55 $0.00

** not available to WA, Tasmania or International buyers.

The Crimson Bottlebrush is a shrub from swampy areas of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.  In cultivation, however, it may reach small-tree proportions if conditions are favourable.  This bottle brush may flower twice a year if well watered.  The main flowering season is from early November.   Leaves are flat and stiff and growth is also stiff and dense, made more so by pruning which may be done after the spring flowering or in autumn in frost-free climates; an old specimen pruned for years forms a tough shrub with stringy lower bark.  They grow to an average height of 3-4m. The bottle brush can be used for a large hedge trimmed hard, or trained for a small tree by keeping one stem and staking in early years.  The woody seed capsules remain closed on the branches for years and open when taken off and placed in a warm place, such as a sunny windowsill. Seed is plentiful and young plants are easily raised this way.

This native plant is easy to obtain and may be planted in any position or soil including really wet conditions or by the sea.  In some years the leaves are badly blemished by a tiny scale which causes a blistered appearance and some twisting. To control this, a spray of white oil and a sytemic insecticide can be applied. A repeat spray may be required in fourteen days. 

The leaves are a tea substitute and have a delightfully refreshing flavour.

Image retrieved from http://www.plantmaster.com/gardens/eplant.php?plantnum=98 2 June 2017 2033 AEST

** not available to WA, Tasmania or International buyers.

*****Please note:   We do NOT sell live plants at all!! Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.


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