S & J Nursery’s Guide to Growing
Dwarf Bottlebrush ‘Macarthur’
for Northeast Florida Landscapes
( Callistemon Macarthur )
Dwarf Macarthur Bottlebrush Origins:
– The new Callistemon Dwarf Bottlebrush Macarthur is a new selection here at S & J Nursery from the growers at Ozbreed. This hybrid is a result of an intentional cross of the Little John Callistemon and the more prolifically blooming but slightly larger Captain Cook Callistemon. The Result? A quickly establishing, dwarf bottlebrush that is simply loaded with blooms!!! This great new introduction here at S & J Nursery should be ready towards the end of summer 2012.
Dwarf Macarthur Bottlebrush Preferred Exposure:
– Plant in full sun or partial shade in the North Florida | Jacksonville |
St. Augustine area gardens.
Dwarf Macarthur Bottlebrush Foliage | Bark:
– Medium green slender foliage remains evergreen in zones 9 -11. Protect from harsh frosts in more cold sensitive environments or plant in a frost free area of your landscape such as the south side of the house and away from the cold winter North winds.
Dwarf Macarthur Bottlebrush Soil Preference / Salt Tolerance:
– Bottlebrush Dwarf Macarthur will be widely tolerant of most soil
conditions in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape. From moist to well drained acid to alkaline.
– Fair salt tolerance
Dwarf Bottlebrush Macarthur Size Variance:
– This great new full flowering dwarf bottlebrush only reaches up to 1.8 meters (almost 6 ft) high and 1.5 meters (almost 5 ft) wide when left unpruned to reach its mature height !!!. That’s great news for anyone who wants a moderate sized flowering shrub, they can easily be maintained much lower with a simple annual pruning each spring.
Dwarf Bottlebrush Macarthur Growth Habit:
– Callistemon Dwarf Macarthur has a rounded growth habit and tends to grow nearly as wide as it is high so allow for plenty of vertical space in the landscape.
Dwarf Bottlebrush Macarthur Growth Rate:
– Moderate grower, you can expect a Dwarf Bottlebrush Macarthur to add 3-6 inches of growth each season.
Dwarf Macarthur Callistemon Bloom:
– Bright red baby bottlebrush like blooms on ends of branch tips cover the plant in the spring and bloom intermittently through summer and into fall in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape.
Dwarf Bottlebrush Macarthur Water Requirements:
Drought tolerant once established, but water well after transplanting from the container to the landscape for a few weeks during the establishment period.
Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
– Butterfly attracting blooms!!!
Best Uses For Bottlebrush Dwarf Macarthur in the North Florida Gardens
– Not preferred and rarely bothered by browsing deer.
– Showy accent plant or taller shrub for the back of the border perennial
– Great low maintenance blooming shrub
Care of Bottlebrush Dwarf Macarthur:
– 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.
– Bottlebrush Dwarf Macarthur responds well to pruning although it will tend to have very bushy growth and a neat rounded appearance with no help from the garden shears if allowing the plant to reach its full size potential.
– 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