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( callistemon veminalis CVO1 Slim )

Bottlebrush Slim callistemon veminallis

Bottlebrush Origins:

 - Callistemon is native to Australia and this is an exciting new introduction from 'Ozbreed' that I am incredibly happy to have! Just the thought of it makes me smile. How many times do people fall in love with a bottlebrush tree and end up having to use something like a Podocarpus that while still beautiful has no bloom or added interest because they have only a narrow space to plant and need the height for privacy but cant have the width of a standard sized bottlebrush. This new selection is the perfect answer! I can hardly wait for the plants to be up to size and ready to be installed in the landscape! Should be ready to go sometime this summer of 2012!!! Limited quantity available.


Bottlebrush Slim Preferred Exposure:


- full sun to light shade


Bottlebrush Slim Foliage | Bark:


- Evergreen foliage is narrow and 3 inches in length, new growth comes out a coppery red color and matures to a bright green


Bottlebrush Slim Soil Preference / Salt Tolerance:


- Bottlebrushes ( callistemon ) are the most tolerant of heat, cold, as well as a wide range of soil conditions.


- drought tolerant once established, however bottlebrush will need consistent water during the establishment period after planting


- bottlebrush are highly salt tolerant


BottleBrush Slim Size Variance:


- Now were getting to the good part....Bottlebrush slim when left to grow on its own and left untrimmed EVER will only reach about 3 meters high (almost 10 ft) and 1.3 meters wide !!! And that's with no attempt on your part to trim in to keep it slender! So when pruned on a yearly basis these plants are being kept easily to a width of only 60 cm or only 2 ft wide !!! That's just unbeatable!


Bottlebrush Slim Growth Habit:


- Columnar upright habit with lush full growth


Slim Bottlebrush Growth Rate:


- extremely fast growth rate, makes an excellent privacy block or screen perfect for tight spaces or smaller backyards and even in-between tightly spaced houses.


Bottlebrush Slim Bloom:


- Bright red elongated blooms resemble a baby bottle brush giving the plant its common name. Bottlebrush will bloom, set buds and rebloom throughout the year.


Bottlebrush Slim Water Requirements:


- not drought tolerant River Birch trees will drop leaves in hot dry weather if no supplemental irrigation is provided


Butterfly or Bird Attracting:


- Attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area


Best Uses For Bottlebrush Slim:


- Bottlebrush is a great choice for a privacy screen or large hedge row to block out unsightly sheds, garages or views. Pruned up and allowed to grow as a tree form, bottlebrush make and excellent care free smaller scale ornamental tree. Drought tolerant once established but also will make a good choice for consistently moist soils. Use bottlebrush Slim where additional width on a plant will interfere with walk space or in tight areas including near patios, AC and pool equipment, tightly spaced houses etc.


Care of Bottlebrush Slim:


- Water every day during the establishment period, a bottlebrush tree allowed to dry out during the establishment period runs a high risk of shock, leaves will turn a light tan color and if water is re-applied consistently the leaves will drop and new leaves begin to form within a months time. DO NOT ignore WATERING DAILY ON A NEW BOTTLEBRUSH PLANTING. See watering your newly planted trees for more information.


- They will need good water during the establishment period.


- Provide a 1 ft diameter circle of mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch of caliper (or diameter) of trunk measured 4 inches from the ground level.


- Fertilize each spring and summer with a heaping shovel full of well aged compost or a mixture of milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the tree or hedge.


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 Why Use 'Osmocote Plus' fertilizer for the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape?


It's poly coated slow release granules allow you to fertilize without the excess waste going down into our water ways that you get when you fertilize with other water soluble fertilizers, Osmocote special poly coated fertilizer beeds are heat release and slowly swell up and burst over time, they don't dilute every time we get a rain or your sprinkler system comes on!!!


This slow release system makes it virtually impossible to damage your plant by over fertilizing. Its goof proof!


My favorite part about Osmocote Plus is there's no need to constantly re apply, not weekly, not semi weekly, not even monthly! Osmocote Plus fertilizer will last 6 months in the garden, so apply in the spring and again in late summer to keep your plants looking their best without the constant fuss.



  • Osmocote plus multi purpose plant food is ever made available for amateur use 
  • Each granule contains 12 essential nutrients 
  • Everything your plant needs to thrive and the 6-month feeding pattern is controlled by the most advanced technology in plant food 
  • One application feeds all season long up to 6 full months 
  • Works with virtually all plant varieties and in all soil conditions 

 Why Use 'Green Edge' fertilizer for North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area gardens and landscapes?

You don't have to have been in Florida long to realize that there is just sand everywhere! The water provided by rains and irrigation systems disappears quickly into Florida's sandy soils.

Its especially important when planting new items into the landscape to make sure that your new plants are getting enough water and the root system isn't drying out. Think of milorganite as adding tiny sponges to the soil for the root system of your plants, they are soaking up and holding all that rain and irrigation water and slowly releasing the water and nutrients to your plants root system.

  • Slow Release Fertilizer with 100% Organic Nitrogen 
  • Does Not Burn Plants 
  • Adds Organic Matter to Soil and Helps in Nutrient Recycling 
  • Grows Your Plants with Less Water and is Environmentally Friendly 
  • Use It For All Your Gardening Needs! 




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