How to grow Christmas bush
The majestic NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum) is the perfect plant to add to your garden before the Christmas period. With beautiful blooming red sepals during the three-week period over Christmas, this plant is aptly named. With different varieties growing from 1.5 to 6m tall, this shrub or tree is a great native addition.
NSW Christmas Bush, of course, is endemic to the eastern coast of Australia. It can grow in any warm to temperate climate throughout Australia, and can tolerate light frosts.
Position your Christmas Bush in full sun or semi-shade. Flowering will be best when planted in direct sun.
Christmas bush likes soil that drains well and has reliable moisture. If your soil is prone to quickly drying out, it is recommended to water it more frequently to keep your bush healthy.
This plant prefers a deep watering once or twice a week in hot and dry conditions. While Christmas bush can tolerate dry conditions, it will be much healthier if it is watered on a routine basis.
To prolong their flowering season during spring, apply a good dose of specially formulated native plant food.
To achieve the brightest red coloured sepals, plant your Christmas bush in a sun drenched spot. They work best in a bush garden setting, or as a screening plant, and their creamy white flowers attract native butterflies, moths and bees.
Is Christmas bush hard to grow?
Christmas bush is actually very easy to grow in the garden. Growing in either full sun or semi-shade, this glowing red plant is great for homes that love low-maintenance gardening.
Christmas bush lifespan
The beautiful red sepals associated with Christmas bush last for around 3 weeks, perfect to start and end the Christmas season! The plant itself can last for hundreds of years and is a great native addition to any backyard.
How to cut NSW Christmas bush flowers
When cut, their pretty scarlet blooms are surprisingly long lasting – up to three weeks! Use a sharp pair of secateurs to cut the bottoms of stems at an angle and change the water regularly to prolong the life of your lovely bouquet. Christmas bush makes the perfect natural table decor, and will show off your gardening prowess!
Australian Christmas bush varieties
Don’t worry – if you don’t live in New South Wales, there’s a Christmas bush for all areas of the continent. Victorian Christmas Bush (Prostanthera lasianthos) grows in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, and Tasmania. South Australian and Tasmanian Christmas Bush Bursaria spinosa grows in all states except Western Australia.
And the West Australian Christmas tree (Nuytsia floribunda), well it only grows in WA, and is the largest mistletoe in the world!
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