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Scarlet Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus

SKU
01435
A wonderfully carefree evergreen shrub with masses of showy, scarlet, bottle brush-shaped flowers. A very dramatic accent, hedge or screen plant with leathery gray-green foliage that provides year-round interest. Tolerates poor soils, heat and mild drought when established.
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Once established, water if very dry.

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Botanical Pronunciationkal-LIS-tem-on si-TRI-nus
Average Size at MaturityReaches 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide in 10 years; slightly larger with age.
Bloom TimeSpring to summer; nearly year-round in temperate regions.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly, Heat Loving
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water if very dry.
Companion PlantsStrawberry Tree (Arbutus); Euryops (Euryops); African Iris (Dietes); Sedum (Sedum); Aloe (Aloe); Agave (Agave); Echeveria (Echeveria)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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