Ozothamnus ‘Colour Surprise’ will add a wonderful display of colour to the garden or patio. This unique, hardy Australian native shrub produces a prolific display of deep maroon-red flower buds in Late Winter which progressively fade to light pink as the buds mature. The flowers then open to a lemon colour throughout spring, resulting in a multicoloured effect. Ozothamnus ‘Colour Surprise’ is the result of careful cross breeding and selection based on the Australian native species, Ozothamnus diotophyllus and Ozothamnus diosmifolius.
Use: A very hardy and versatile plant which can be used in a wide range of landscape applications in a full sun or part shade situation. Makes an excellent feature plant for pots and tubs. For floral arrangements, harvest stems just before the flower buds begin to open. Can be grown in all mainland Australian states in both coastal and inland situations in well drained soils. Tolerates drought and light frost once established.
Flowering: Late Winter – Spring.
Habit: A small, bushy and hardy perennial shrub to about 1.2 m high and 0.7 m wide.
Care: Easy to grow and requires little water once established. Water well at planting and gradually reduce watering during establishment. Prune by one-third after each flower flush to encourage more blooms. Fertilise once a year in Autumn with a complete slow-release fertiliser formulated for Australian Native Plants.
Unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material of this variety is an infringement under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994.