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Products > Callistemon viminalis Slim ['CV01'] PP24,444
Callistemon viminalis Slim ['CV01'] PP24,444 - Slim Callistemon
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Melaleuca]
Parentage: (Callistemon viminalis hybrid)
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Callistemon viminalis Slim ['CV01'] PP24,444 - Slim Bottlebrush - A unique narrow upright form of the Weeping Bottlebrush that is well branched and can grow as tall as 8 to 12 feet and as wide as 4 to 6 feet. It can be trimmed to be kept at 5 feet tall and as narrow as 2 feet wide with foliage kept all the way to the ground with a prolific display of red bottlebrush flowers in spring through fall. Plant in full sun to part shade in most any soil and give occasional to infrequent irrigation - fairly drought tolerant once established. Should prove hardy to at least 20 F. This would be a great choice where a colorful tall plant with dense cover is need for a tight space - a great replacement for Eugenia (Syzygium australe). Callistemon viminalis is native to New South Wales and Queensland, Australia where it typically occurs on the edge of creeks and streams but it has long been used in our mediterranean climate in drier situations. This selection is the result of crossing Callistemon viminalis 'Captain Cook' with an un-named Callistemon viminalis selection at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cobbitty New South Wales, Australia in in 2005. It is registered to Graham Brown Horticulture Development Manager and plant breeder at The University of Sydney in partnership with NuFlora. This plant was selected for the combination of tall plant height, columnar shape, dense growth habit, and both longer and wider leaves. It is currently awaiting a US Plant Patent and is being marketed in the US as part of the Ozbreed. This plant is part of the Ozbreed shrub plant line. Carl Linnaeus had described the genus Melaleuca in 1767 and the Scottish botanist Robert Brown first described the genus Callistemon in 1814. As early as 1864 Ferdinand von Mueller, the German-Australian born physician, geographer and botanist who eventually became director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, noted that the difference between the genera was artificial and proposed to unite Callistemon and Melaleuca but it was not until 1998 that some plants in New Caledonia previously described as Callistemon were reclassified as Melaleuca by Australian botanist Dr. Lyndley Alan Craven of the Australian National Herbarium and New Zealand botanist Dr. John Wyndham Dawson. In 2006, using DNA evidence Craven reclassified nearly all species of Callistemon as Melaleuca in his article "New combinations in Melaleuca for Australian species of Callistemon" in Novon (V14 N4) and in 2009 he summarized this in a statement in an article titled "Melaleuca (Myrtaceae) from Australia" in Novon (V19 N4) noting that "During revisionary work directed toward the preparation of an account of Melaleuca L. and it closer allies for the Flora of Australia, the delimitation of Callistemon R. Brown from Melaleuca was considered. The conclusion was reached that Callistemon was insufficiently distinct from Melaleuca to be maintained at generic rank and those species which there was no valid name yet available in Melaleuca were transferred to that genus. Until such time that the new names have broad recognition in the California nursery trade we will still refer to these plants as Callistemon.  The information about Callistemon viminalis Slim ['CV01'] PP24,444 displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.