Height: 20-25'; Spread: 15'
Evergreen; round form; dense canopy.
Medium green, narrow leaves, 3" long. New foliage is bronze or copper.
Bright red flower clusters, 4-6" long, in characteristic "bottlebrush" shape, bloom in late winter.
Small brown seed capsules, 1/4" across, form year-round and hang from branches.
Rough gray-brown bark.
In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
- Tree Care:
Low. Early pruning will train a good shape; regular pruning needed less frequently with age.
Drought, poor drainage, any soil, salt air; gusty, steady, or cold winds; smog, fog, cold. Sun or shade. (Show of flowers stronger with sun.)
- Special Considerations:
Dropped flower parts leave sticky nectar. Chlorosis may develop in the leaves in alkaline soil.
- Notable Traits:
Native to Australia. Spectacular when in full bloom. Very tough tree. Good tree for small spaces; 2'x3' basins; beneath overhead wires. Disease and pest resistant. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Dense canopy attracts other birds as well.