• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 9 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide in 10 years.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise
    Blooms:
    Spring to summer; intermittently in mild climates.
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    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 PlantsAgave (Agave); Aloe (Aloe); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Echeveria (Echeveria); Sedum (Sedum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well drained soil. Benefits from winter protection in zone 8. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: fall, after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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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