• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 9 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide in 10 years.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Flowering Shrub
    Spring to summer; intermittently in mild climates.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kal-LIS-tem-on RIG-ih-dus
    Plant type:Tree, Shrub
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 9 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide in 10 years.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Spring to summer; intermittently in mild climates.
    Flower color:Red
    Patent 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Bred by Dr. John Ruter at the Tifton Research Center at the University of Georgia.
    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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