Bottlebrush Dwarf Macarthur

S & J Nursery’s Guide to Growing

Dwarf Bottlebrush ‘Macarthur’

for Northeast Florida Landscapes

( Callistemon Macarthur )

Dwarf Macarthur Bottlebrush Origins: Bottlebrush Dwarf Macarthur blooms

– 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