K.baxteri.JPG (36392 bytes)Kunzea baxteri: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Crimson Kunzea.

Kunzea baxteri is a small to medium shrub with spreading, sometimes erect branches. The leaves are linear, densely crowded, mid-green and about 15 by 3 wide.

The spectacular, bottlebrush shaped flower heads are 10 centimetres long by 8 centimetres wide, deep red, scattered to profuse and very conspicuous. Blooms usually appear between March and September with sporadic flowering at other times. The Crimson Kunzea is one of the showiest species of the genus.

Tip pruning will improve foliage density and flowering.

Kunzea baxteri is a native of Western Australia and was first cultivated in England in 1838.

Plants growing in colder areas are best grown in sheltered shrubberies as they may be damaged by frost.

Propagate from seed or cuttings. Seed grown plants may take 5-10 years to flower. Cutting grown plants will usually bloom in a quarter of this time.