Scarlet Torch™ Bottlebrush
Callistemon rigidus 'RutCall' PP #23,848
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||kal-LIS-tem-on RIG-ih-dus|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 9 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide in 10 years.|
|Bloom Time||Spring to summer; nearly year-round in temperate regions.|
|Design Ideas||This 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Mediterranean, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Patent Act||Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Eucalyptus (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