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Characteristics: Small shrub 2.5 m spread 2 m
Seed per packet: 300
The Mountain Bottlebrush is an attractive spreading shrub to around 2 m. The attractive flowers 5 cm long and 6 cm wide are produced several times during the year. Leaves are typical Bottlebrush, long and thin to 8 cm, bright green with the new growth pinkish in colour. Occurring naturally in mountainous areas of NSW and Queensland, it is frost tolerant and suits a range of climates and hardy in most soils. Good hedging or screening plant.
Native to New South Wales and Queensland.
Prefers a light to medium soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
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 montana.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, 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.