Callistemon viminalis 'Captain Cook' (Bottlebrush)

Callistemon Captain Cook 200 mm
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Callistemon viminalis 'Captain Cook' (Bottlebrush)

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Callistemons commonly called bottlebrush plants because their foliage looks like a bottle brush are gorgeous and versatile native plants. This icon of the Australian home garden brings colour and native birds to the garden. They thrive in both warm and cooler temperatures. Once fully established, these plants are also fairly drought and frost tolerant, and do not get affected by pests or diseases, making this an extremely hardy and easy plant for your garden. 

'Captain Cook' is an extremely popular smaller bottlebrush variety with dark green leaves and bright red coloured fluffy flower spikes during spring and autumn. This native plant makes a great low hedge.

Light requirement: Full Sun and Part sun/part shade

Water requirement: Low

Watering frequency:

Soil: Well draining native mix is the best; however, they can also tolerate a range of soil types from sand to moist clay and is an excellent option where the soil has too much clay for natives such as banksias and grevilleas.

Skill level: Beginner

Growth rate: Fast

Suitable for containers: Yes

More info: Callistemons do not need much fertiliser - applying once in spring and in autumn would suffice. For abundant flowering, use a fertiliser low in phosphorus that is specifically formulated for Australian natives.

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Drought tolerance: High

Frost tolerance: High

Wind tolerance: High

Disease and pest susceptibility: Generally trouble free

Mature height: 1.5 m

Mature width: 1.5 m

Suitable for shaping: Yes

Colour: Green

Variegation: No

Size: Small/medium

Seasonality: Evergreen

Flowering: Yes; profuse/bright display

Flower colour: Red

Flower fragrant: No

Flowering season: Spring

Fruit: Insignificant

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