Callistemon Viminalis "Weeping Bottlebrush" 1000 Seeds
** not available to WA, Tasmania or International buyers.
There is ongoing controversy about whether Melaleuca or Callistemon should be used for the bottlebrush species - see box below). Some herbaria have now adopted the name Melaleuca viminalis for this species, however, this reclassification has not been adopted in the Australian Plant Census (which is accepted by ANPSA as the authority on Australian Plant nomenclature).
Callistemon viminalis is probably one of the best known and most widely cultivated of all bottlebrushes - only C.citrinus would challenge that status. The species and its cultivars are widely planted in Australia and overseas. Until recently, its natural distribution was considered to be restricted to eastern Australia but recent discoveries in the Kimberley region of Western Australia have extended its range (see Nuytsia 20: 27-36(2010), "Melaleuca (Myrtaceae) of Western Australia: fve new species, three new combinations, one new name and a new state record".
The weeping bottlebrush is typically a small tree with pendulous foliage although some forms are more pendulous than others. It reaches a height of about 10 metres in its natural habitat but is usually smaller in cultivation, particularly in temperate areas where it is an attractive and reliable small tree for street planting.
The brushes are usually about 70 mm long by 50 mm diameter, bright red in colour and are usually seen in spring and sometimes in autumn. The seed capsules that follow the flowers release the seed annually, unlike most other Callistemon species, where the seed remains in the capsules for many years.
In the wild, C.viminalis is usually found along watercourses and it performs best in cultivation if a reliable water supply is available. Once established, however, it is able to tolerate extended dry periods. The plant performs best in medium to heavy soils and can tolerate less than perfect drainage but may be damaged by moderate to heavy frost. It responds to annual fertilising after flowering. Although the plant will respond to pruning, this can have the effect of destroying the appearance of weeping forms. In common with other bottlebrushes, plants flower best in a sunny location but they will tolerate considerable shade at the expense of flowering performance.
Propagation of C.viminalis is easy from both seed and cuttings.
Information adapted from http://anpsa.org.au/c-vim.html retrieved 7 May 2018 2001 AEST