The alternative bottlebrush flower

bahia(SF Bay Area)June 1, 2011

Here's a shot of another interesting South African large shrub/small tree that blooms in late winter in California. The flowering period isn't nearly as long as for a Callistemon, but the form of the plant is interesting, the foliage glossy, and the trunks develop an interesting peeling bark as they age. I've discovered that the deer really like to eat this plant, so it can't be used just anywhere, but is fairly drought tolerant once established. Very showy when in full bloom, often just after it has dropped almost all its foliage.

Here is a link that might be useful: Greyia sutherlandii in bloom

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The color is vibrant, and it just might make it here. In December 1990 our 30 year old Callistemon frosted to the ground and took two years to return. I would like to try this one, if available. From what I can find it will take temps down to 25 degrees. I like the leaves which resemble the Ribes. Al

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