Scarlet Torch™ Bottlebrush

Callistemon rigidus 'RutCall' PP #23,848

Prolific, crimson-red bottlebrush-like flowers are sure to brighten the landscape. This new introduction from the University of Georgia has larger blooms than other varieties and a nice rounded habit. Ideal for minimal-care gardens, it maintains its compact size with little to no pruning. Evergreen.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationkal-LIS-tem-on RIG-ih-dus
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 9 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide in 10 years.
Bloom TimeSpring to summer; nearly year-round in temperate regions.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Tropical
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsEucalyptus (Eucalyptus); Agave (Agave); Euryops (Euryops); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Photinia (Photinia); Strawberry Tree (Arbutus)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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