Genus comprising numerous species of evergreen shrubs and trees native to Australia which have an extraordinary elective affinity with our species of the Myrtaceae family. They have become popular in Europe because of the spectacular flowers in axillary spikes, which look like bottle brushes. In colder areas they can be grown in pots, kept under cover in winter, giving plenty of water during the flowering period, little in winter. Requires moist, well-drained soil, not calcareous. Withstands pruning and drought. Callistemon Laevis is a tall perennial shrub or small Bottlebrush tree with an evergreen crown of fine green lanceolate leaves. The abundant intense red bottlebrush flowers it produces in mid to late summer look absolutely stunning with their bright colour. The bark of Callistemon laevis is brown with a rough texture.
Latin Name: Callistemon Laevis
English Name: Bottlebrush
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Flowering Period: May-June; September-October.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained. Clay. Sand. Loam.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered.
Hardiness Rating: Low (H3)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -5 °C to 1 °C (23 °F to 33.8 °F)
Suggested Uses: Small gardens. Groups.
Maintenance: Regular watering while the tree is young and annual fertilisation until it matures.
Growth Habit: Bushy.
Growth Speed: Medium.
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