Callistemon plants or 'Bottlebrush' are a native of Australia and they have been successfully grown in the UK for many years.
Cold hardy varieties include Callistemon viridiflorus, Callistemon citrinus, Callistemon subulatus and Callistemon pallidus, however with proper protection many other Callistemon deserve a place in the garden.
Callistemon make an excellent garden plant in the UK when given some protection. Look out for the hardy species ranging from 1/2m to 4m.
Drought tolerant with flowers that attract birds, commonly known as "bottlebrushes" due to the shape of the flowers from late spring through to summer. A wide range of colours from white through to mauve and purple, including green flowering forms.
A sunny position with a well mulched, well drained soil is suitable, they will tolerate poor soil just about any condition except for shade. Keep watered when establishing. Prune each year just below the old flowers to keep in shape. Remember to use a low phosphate fertilizer
Callistemon Plants are available for sale from participating growers
SPRING REACH NURSERY
Long Reach Ockham Surrey GU23 6PG
Tel 01483-284769 FAX 01483 -284769
An award winning plant nursery and one of the South's best kept secrets. We are set in heart of Surrey, and only 5 mins drive from RHS Wisley. Includes Includes Callistemon viminalis and linearis.
GARDEN BARGAINS, MAIL ORDER IN EU
Milliways Garden Centre Wexford Ireland¬?
Rosslare Road, Killinick, Tagoat Wexford Eire 11
We Provide Mail order Australian and NZ plants, in Ireland and Europe. Many suitable varieties grown hardy.
THE ROMANTIC GARDEN NURSERY
The Street Swannington Norwich Norfolk NR9 5NW
Tel 01603 261488 Fax 01603 864231
We are a specialist nursery holding a large stock of Topiary, Ornamental Standards and Specimen size Shrubs and Trees.
If you are looking to add formality or immmediate impact to your garden then visit us and be inspired. All plants can be delivered. Nursery open Wed, Fri and Sat 10am to 5pm