Callistemon subulatus Crimson Tail
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Callistemon is a genus of 34 species of shrubs in the family Myrtaceae, all of which are endemic to Australia. Callistemon species are commonly referred to as bottlebrushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers resembling a traditional bottlebrush. They are found in the more temperate regions of Australia, mostly along the east coast and south-west, and typically favour moist conditions, so when planted in gardens thrive on regular watering. However, at least some of the species are drought-resistant. Callistemon subulatus ‘Crimson Tail' is an unusual shrub in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to the states of New South Wales and Victoria in Australia. This is a selected form of the species, which differs little from the type species, but has proven to be reliably hardy here in Britain. It grows up to 1 metre in height and has a spreading lax habit. The leaves are 20 to 40 mm long and 2 to 3 mm wide. These are crowded together on the branchlets and are linear, subulate or terete. Exotic dark crimson flower spikes are produced in abundance in June and remain for many weeks.
This very hardy plant can grow into a very attractive specimen plant. It requires an acid, neutral, moist and well drained soil, preferring full sun, and a position in a border, in a conservatory or in a container, free standing or for effect trained against a wall. This plant is likely to need pruning to encourage branching.
Uses: Wall shrub, Shrubbery, Specimen
Pruning \ Aftercare : Prune to retain shape, encourage branching, or to train.