• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches just 3 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Flowering Waterwise Shrub
    Blooms:
    Spring to summer; nearly year-round in temperate regions.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kal-LIS-tem-on
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 28
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches just 3 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Spring to summer; nearly year-round in temperate regions.
    Flower color:Red
    Design IdeasWith its lower spreading habit, this hummingbird magnet fits into any garden. Use as a foundation cover-up in drought-resistant gardens or as middle-of-the-border accent plants. Line up several for a hedge or mass them like groundcover in very hot planting areas where other plants wilt. Ideal for desert landscapes.
    Companion PlantsAgave (Agave); Aloe (Aloe); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Echeveria (Echeveria); Sedum (Sedum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, lightly acidic, well-drained soil; avoid alkaline soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. More drought tolerant in coastal areas; less tolerant in hot, arid regions. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Prune to shape after flowering.Pruning time: summer.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Callistemon and Melaleuca are closely related and the two were recently combined under the genus Melaleuca. However, because Callistemon is still widely used in the horticultural trade, we will continue to list them under their original name.

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