CALLISTEMON pinifoloius - orange fls

Rare orange flowers
Pine-leaved Bottlebrush

SKU: N 352.
Stock: Out Of Stock
Restrictions: NZ Prohibited

Family: Myrtaceae
Characteristics: Small shrub to 1.5 m

Seed per packet: Fine seed, hundreds
Seed per gram: Fine seed, thousands

$6.50 AUD Inc. GST

This sun-loving shrub grows to around 1.5 m that produces attractive, unusual, rare orange-coloured bottlebrush flowers.
Pine-like leaves hence the common name Pine-leaved Bottlebrush.

Occurs naturally in the forests and woodlands in central New South Wales.

Prefers light to medium soil in a moist sunny position, frost resistant but drought tender.

Note: A paper by Lyn Craven of the Australian National Herbarium in 2006 argues that the differences between the genera Callistemon and Melaleuca are insufficient to warrant them being retained separately and that they should be combined. As Melaleuca has precedence some Australian state herbaria use the name Melaleuca linearis.

Grow notes:

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

  1. Sow seed on the surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right condition.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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