Bottlebrush Callistemon sieberi Widdecombe Gem
Bottlebrush Callistemon sieberi Widdecombe Gem
Bottlebrush Callistemon sieberi Widdecombe Gem
Bottlebrush Callistemon sieberi Widdecombe Gem
Bottlebrush Callistemon sieberi Widdecombe Gem
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Bottlebrush Callistemon sieberi 'Widdecombe Gem'

Rarely offered for sale, this is your opportunity to get your hands on a summer 'gem'
  • One of the hardiest bottlebrush trees to -10C
  • Evergreen, needle-like leaves and striking, creamy yellow flowers shaped like a bottlebrush
  • Each flower spike is made up of thousands of thin stamens giving each a unique look
  • Easy to grow in a pot on the patio or balcony, anyone can enjoy its exotic blooms through the summer
  • An established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for immediate planting

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New for this season, this fabulous addition to the amazing Bottlebrush family will add colour and form and bring something a little special to your garden.

One of the hardiest bottlebrush trees, callistemon sieberi 'Widdecombe Gem' has evergreen, needle-like leaves and striking, creamy yellow flowers shaped like a bottlebrush.

Each flower spike is made up of thousands of thin stamens, each pollen rich, so become a mecca for bees and butterflies early in the season. Flowering from April to August, it is great to attract early season pollinators to fruit.

Grow in a pot in a warm and sunny spot, in a well-drained soil mix. Although hardy to -10C or so, we would advise some winter protection to prevent damage to early growth.

Upright, robust stems make Widdecombe Gem ideal for growing in a pot on the patio or balcony and as its easy to grow, anyone can enjoy its exotic blooms through the summer.

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for immediate planting.

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Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for immediate planting.

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

  • Callistemon will flower best when grown in full sun in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered position away from cold winds.
  • Outdoors, Callistemon (Bottlebrush) look great in mixed borders especially if combined with other drought tolerant plants such as salvias and lavenders.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Callistemon Bottlebrush:

  • Generally unfussy as to soil, although poor soil benefits from the addition of plenty of organic matter.
  • Once established plants don't need special attention and are generally problem-free.
  • Pot-grown trees can be planted at any time of the year as long as the soil is not waterlogged or frozen.
  • Dig a square planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting and mix some well-rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill once the shrub is in place.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove your Callistemon from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your tree in the hole at the same level at the pot, refill, firm, and water well.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant.
  • Plants can also be grown in a pot using a good quality soil-based compost.


 

Aftercare Advice for your Bottlebrush:

  • Although drought tolerant, Callistemon requires regular watering.
  • Feed with a general-purpose liquid feed in the growing season and top dress in the spring.
  • Callistemon can get out of hand under glass so restrictive pruning may be necessary to keep their shape.
  • Hardy in the UK down to -4C! In very exposed sites, a fleece cover and mulch will see them safely through the winter. Potted plants can be moved to a cool conservatory or greenhouse.


 

Pruning Advice for Callistemon:

  • Lightly prune after flowering to keep them under control, cutting just behind the spent bloom.
  • Callistemons in general don't like hard pruning, so just remove spent flowerheads immediately after flowering, or trim new growth to maintain shape.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
150 cm
150 cm
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