Scarlet Torch Bottlebrush
Scarlet Torch Bottlebrush
Callistemon rigidus 'RutCall' Plant Patent #23,848Item #4676 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Prolific, crimson-red bottlebrush-like flowers attract hummingbirds to the garden in droves! This new introduction from the University of Georgia has larger blooms than other varieties. and a nice, rounded form. Ideal for minimal-care gardens, it maintains its compact size with little to no pruning. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 9 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide in 10 years.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kal-LIS-tem-on RIG-ih-dusDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches 9 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide in 10 years.Special features:Bird Friendly, Compact Form, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Pet Friendly, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Spring to summer; intermittently in mild climates.Flower color:RedPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThis waterwise evergreen shrub or small tree makes a wonderful specimen or hedge in frost free areas. In northern climates, provides fantastic color to summer gardens. Trained as a small patio tree, use to accent shrub borders or feature in large patio tubs.Companion PlantsEucalyptus (Eucalyptus); Agave (Agave); Euryops (Euryops); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Photinia (Photinia); Strawberry Tree (Arbutus)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soil; avoid alkaline soils. Benefits from winter protection in zone 8. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency when established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune to shape after flowering.Pruning time: fall, after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Bred by Dr. John Ruter at the Tifton Research Center at the University of Georgia.Lore:The genus name Callistemon comes from the Greek words for beautiful (callis) and stamen (stemon) in reference to the flowers, which feature showy red stamens that encircle the stem in cylindrical spikes. Flowers are followed by small brown, button-like seed capsules.
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