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Characteristics: Small shrub 1-3 m spread 1-1.5 m
Seed per packet: 200
A small to medium sized shrub which although not widely cultivated, is a hardy plant under a wide range of garden conditions. The lime green bottlebrush flower spikes appear in late spring.
Suited to a range of climate including colder sub-alpine regions.
Native to Tasmania.
Prefers a light to heavy soil in a protected moist position, drought and frost 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 virens.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
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.