Now this is a rather lovely variety of the bottlebrush bush, native to Australia (now there's a surprise), with a nicely rounded, slightly arching habit and willow-like evergreen leaves. The striking flowers, which appear in late spring into summer, are a refreshingly original shade of soft pink. The park superintendent of Perth named it after the city, which explains everything. Sunny sheltered spot. Any reasonable soil. 3 to 5 feet. 2 litre pot.
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A sport from C. Salignus, so should be pretty hardy, only requiring protection in the harshest of winter conditions. Fleece it if necessary in arctic weather.
Any pruning should be done just after flowering.
The name Callistemon comes from Greek and means beautiful stamens - pretty self-explanatory really.
Callistemon Perth Pink is a fairly hardy evergreen shrub with willowy leaves and pink bottlebrush flowers in spring and summer suitable for a sunny position.
Photo Arthur Chapman (Flickr).