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Offline Mike

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Bottle Bush Tree
« on: March 29, 2016, 04:16:13 PM »
This plant is loaded with flowers, Hummingbirds love these plants but its a little early for them. This plant flowers
all year but not like this. I also started 5 plants from cuttings which are about 6 feet tall now after about 3 years. I bought
this plant in 2013. They grow real fast.






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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2016, 04:27:41 PM »
Really pretty.  Do you get many hummingbirds around it?
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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2016, 04:37:47 PM »
Yes in July until Oct., might see a few in April and May.

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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2016, 06:26:58 AM »
Beautiful!
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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2016, 06:39:57 AM »
Those were one of my favorite landscape plants in SC.  The only thing I didn't like was that they seemed subject to some pretty bad winter damage but I learned it was my fault.  I shaped them through the summer normally but we got really involved in our renovation the last year there and didn't trim them.  Evidently my trimming was encouraging new growth which is what got damaged with frost.  No trimming after mid-summer the last season gave the bushes time to harden off in SC = no winter kill.
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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2016, 07:00:15 AM »
It is a native to Australia. We do not have humming birds down under but bees and nectar eating birds love their flowers.
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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2016, 04:24:44 PM »
One of my favorite bushes/trees.  The bush I have is a little smaller than yours, but blooming in similar fashion.  I've already seen a few hummingbirds around it.  We're on one of the main migration routes of the hummingbirds as they come across the Gulf of Mexico. 
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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2016, 06:45:20 AM »
  Anyone know if these would grow in zone 7 . [central okla.?

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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2016, 08:20:08 AM »
You might luck out but I had a couple die back almost to the ground with temps in the high 20's

Here's Dave's Garden profile on them

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2331/

Edit to add that loss was in Zone 8a and not where we are now.
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Re: Bottle Bush Tree
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2016, 01:54:03 PM »
MikeM,

I started some from cuttings and planted them a year later, and yes we had temps at 25 and they died back to the ground but came back in the spring. The following year we had 25 temps and they survived those temps.

So once they have deep roots they should survive 25 temps not sure about 20 and below but its very rare we get that cold almost never. In 61 years I think I could remember only once we had 19 degrees temps.

Mike