|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Originating from New South Wales, Australia
An evergreen shrub or small tree with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and bright crimson flowers in spring and summer. Possibly the hardiest of all the bottlebrushes. The leaves, flushed bronze when young and lemon scented when crushed, are produced on arching branches, and even when not in flower, ‘Splendens’ makes an attractive addition to a sunny, sheltered garden. In very cold winters, this plant may require fleece protection but the floral explosion the following summer is worth the effort. The cylindrical, bottlebrush-like flowers are composed of hundreds of long, brilliant crimson stamens and are produced on the ends of the shoots, followed by woody seed capsules that ratle when shaken. The stems continue to grow beyond the seed capsules and if left untended can result in a very shaggy, unruly shrub, so it is wise to prune after flowering.
Lower branches can also be removed, resulting in a small architectural tree with a weeping crown.
Grow in moist well-drained soil on full sun in a sheltered position.
Height and spread after 2 – 3 years 1.5m x 1.5m
Semi mature height and spread after 5 – 6 years if not pruned 2.5m x 3m
Potential mature height and spread after 10 – 12 years 4m x 4m