What isit?A callistemon ........I bet you've lost the bloody tag.
I told you - it's a bloody Bottlebrush.Callistemon Wildfire if you want to be picky......and I don't lose stuff - hire car companies nick it....
Callistemon viminalis var., wildfire?Never heard of it?Does it have droopy branches?
CavJust for you - this is what's on the tag. I got wet retreiving it - it's pissing down here. You owe me a beer -Wildfire(C. viminalis x comboynensis)Description - This ornamental shrub produces denseclusters of bright red flower spikes in spring. with spoor flowering at other times.USES: Ideal screening plant or hedge plant.The flowers attract nectar feeding birds.POSITION: Callistemons are hardy. adaptableshrubs. which grow in the poorest soils.Will withstand waterlogging for extendedperiods. moderate coastal exposure and shortperiods of dryness. Grows best in moist soils.and flowers best in full sun.CARE: Lightly prune behind spent flowersevery year to achieve dense, bushy growth. Old neglected, woody plants can be pruned hard.PLANTING: Cultivate soil before planting.Dig hole twice the width of the container.Remove plant from container and place intoThe whole so the soil level is the same as the surroundingground. Fill hole firmly and water in well even if the soil is moist.
I used to sell trees in the 70s. I lived in Mathoura and worked with the Forestry Commission. A nice part of the world.Callistomen viminalis is a drooping bottlebrush which just happens to be my favourite. I planted a row of them and they looked terrific.What has happened is that there are many hybrids now and you never know what you are getting. Kinda like getting a dog.As they grow taller, they shouldn't get too big, they have a nice droopy foliage.How am I doin' so far?
CavAnother coincidence. My first job (at age 15) was in the Forestry Department in Qld. I lasted a year and went back to school when I decided it wasn't leading anywhere. No sweat, because I started school at age 4.
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