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Telopea 'Fireball' - Waratah

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (Telopea oreades X T. speciosissima)
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Telopea 'Fireball' - A large upright evergreen shrub to 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide with leathery dark green leaves and very large bright red flowers in early spring. Plant in full sun in coastal areas and partial shade inland in a well-draining soil and irrigate occasionally in summer water. It is frost tolerant and likely hardy into the high teens. This plant should prove to be a spectacular plant in the garden and while a little fickle, established plants are spectacular with flowers that some may describe as otherworldly. The genus Telopea, in the Proteaceae family, consists of 5 species that ar all confined to the south east coast regions of Australia from northern New South Wales to Tasmania. Also called Waratahs, they are considered one of Australia's most beautiful and spectacular native plants and make wonderful garden plants that are generally cold hardier than most other large flowering Protea relatives. This plant is a cross between the New South Wales Waratah, Telopea speciosissima (the New South Wales state emblem) and the Victorian Waratah, Telopea oreades. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'telopos' meaning "seen from afar" in reference to the conspicuous flowers. The specific epithet for the seed parent, T. speciosissima, is from the Latin words 'speciosus' meaning "showy" and 'issimus' meaing "most" or combined to mean "most showy". The specific epithet for pollinating parent, T. oreades, comes from the Greek word 'oreos' meaning "mountain" in reference to mountainous regions in Victoria where this plant can be found growing to an elevation of about 4,300 feet in elevation. Telopea 'Fireball is a 2014 Koala Blooms Australian Plant Introduction but most partners in the program are having difficulty building numbers on this beautiful plant and the most reliable source for plants remains the UC Arboretum nursery.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Telopea 'Fireball'.