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Characteristics: Small shrub 2.5 m spread 1.5 m
Seed per packet: 200
Callistemon phoeniceus is one of only two Callistemon species which occur in Western Australia. The brushes are usually brilliant red in colour. Although native to a dry summer climate, the species has been grown successfully in the wetter summer conditions of Australia's east coast.
Indigenous to Western Australia.
Prefers a medium to heavy soil in a warm sunny very moist position, salt tolerant but 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 phoenicea.
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.