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katnelsonkatnelson Posts: 11
hi everyone, I have this plant in my garden and it was thriving in early spring now it like this I was going to remove it but then noticed all the new growth pleaae can you tell me what it is and how too look after it o love the shape etc, it was given to me by an elderly relative who passed away now I don't want to lose it if I can help it 


  • Have you got a photo of it?
  • katnelsonkatnelson Posts: 11

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    edited May 2019
    That’s an Australian Bottlebrush shrub. I think the one in the photo is Callistemon Rigidus. 

    So so long as it’s grown in a very sunny site on free draining soil, it should be fine. You can prune out any branches that are tired or dead. It is on the tender side when young so fleece it over if there’s frost forecast overnight. 
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    It might be a Callistemon.
    Does it have some little rows of round brown seed capsules with holes in the tops along old branches?
    And do you know if it had flowers like bottle brushes?

    Try looking up Callistemon rigidus.
  • katnelsonkatnelson Posts: 11
    Yes it does have the new shoots on the old branches, I live in the north so although we can get hot weather won't be very hot, I will definitely cover over the winter months, thank you so much for your response I wonder where she got it from looked at many garden centres and not see one 
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    I don't know about up there but down this end I have seen it more in independent plant nurseries rather than garden centres. Or if she was a keen gardener although not rare in cultivation here, it may well get passed along and around by another keen gardener.

    There are other types of Callistemon, which have slightly wider and softer leaves, they seem more commonly stocked, though I don't know why that might be.

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