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Robin Red Breast Bush
Characteristics: Shrub 2.5 m spread 1 m
Seed per packet: 200
The Robin Red-breast Bush is one of many beautiful Melaleuca species from Western Australia.
An erect shrub and although rarely exceeding 1.5 m high by 1 m in damp situations it can reach 2.5 metres. Leaves are light green, about 2 cm long more or less linear and taper to a fine point. The orange-red bottlebrush flower spikes grow up to 9 cm long and 5 cm in diameter occur spring and autumn.
Endemic to the south west of Western Australia.
Prefers a medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Frost resistant but drought tender.
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
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, natives 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.