Callistemons are well known Australian Native Plants. They grow in most areas of the country. In past years breeding has brought to us such well known cultivars as 'Captain Cook' and 'Little John' which have sold in vast numbers since they were introduced.
Callistemon Matthew Flinderspbr is the child of both - having these two as parents. The breeder, Terry Keogh of Southern Queensland, saw the potentials of this breeding cross and after several years of breeding and selection 'Matthew Flinders pbr' was chosen. 'Matthew Flinders pbr' has the leaf of 'Captain Cook' and the dwarf habit of 'Little John', the flowers are bright RED and borne on the terminals of the maturing growth. They are all Callistemon viminalis hybrids.
'Matthew Flinderspbr' is an ideal choice for any garden in most soil types and in full sun. In native gardens it will be one of the Stars requiring very little care once it has established. Windy and exposed positions in gardens, except in the frontal dune areas, is not a problem.
Around pools or on decks, patios and courtyards it is equally at home in the ground or in large tubs, but make sure in tubs to keep the water up to the plant regularly. As a dwarf hedge you will have the benefit of little care with a lot of garden interest everyday.
'Natures Little Bird Feederstm' says it all. Dwarf growing, flowering profusely and feeding the birds that visit your garden is the role of Matthew Flinderspbr. Dwarfness is necessary in the smaller gardens of today where space is so limited. When you add to this a plant which is environmentally friendly you have a winner. Matthew Flinderspbralso provides a feeding station for some of the native fauna. All in all here you are onto a plant you should plant into your garden.
Growing to 75cm high and 50cm wide Matthew Flinderspbr fills this role well.
Flowers attract the small Honey Eating Birds to your garden. Flowers are at their peak in late winter and spring but with some scattered flower throughout the year.
Once established this plant is one of the Waterwizetm plants for today's gardens where we have to watch the water we use.
Matthew Flinderspbr has proven itself an easy plant to look after in our trial gardens. Even to severe pruning trials where we cut the plant back to one third of the size it tolerated the treatment and grew back better than ever. We recommend planting in a good garden loam and mulching well to conserve moisture and keep the soil friable. Pruning to shape the plant, if needed, is best done by removing the spent flowers. This promotes new denser growth which will mean more flowers in the days and months ahead. An easy care native plant for the gardens of the 21st century.