Weeping Callistemon (Callistemon viminalis)

There are several types of tube cleaners, but none like the protagonist of this article. Yes, it has leaves and flowers similar to the rest, but its size and size is very different. Its scientific name is Callistemon viminalis, and it is known as weeping callistemon, something that gives us clues about what it is like.

Its maintenance is very simple, although its water needs are a bit high when living on riverbanks.

Origin and characteristics

Image – Wikimedia/ Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

It is a shrub or small evergreen tree that reaches a height between 4 and 10 meters with one or more trunks with thick bark. The crown is irregular, composed of hanging branches from which alternate, linear leaves of 2.5 to 13.8cm by 0.3-2.7cm sprout, green in color. The flowers are grouped in spikes 4 to 10 cm long and 3 to 6 cm in diameter that appear in spring and summer.

It is native to Australia, specifically New South Wales and Queensland, frequently growing near rivers and streams.

What are their cares?

Image – Wikimedia/ Bj.schoenmakers

If you want to have a copy of Callistemon viminalis, I recommend you take care of it as follows:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun. It does not have invasive roots, but in order for it to develop well it is important that it be planted at a minimum distance of 4-5 meters from walls and large plants.
  • Land:
    • Pot: a mixture of mulch and perlite will make it look good.
    • Garden: grows in all types of soils, preferring those that have good drainage.
  • Irrigation: it must be frequent, especially in summer. Four, or even five waterings a week during the hottest and driest season, and one to three a week the rest may be enough.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer you have to give it once a month a bit of some type of organic fertilizer, be it guano, manure, or etc.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring.
  • Rusticity: very adaptable. It resists down to -7ºC and can live in climates without frost.

What did you think of this little tree?

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