'Splendens' bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'

Photo/Illustration: 
David Cavagnaro
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'Splendens' bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens')
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Genus:  Callistemon
This low-care, evergreen shrub to 10-15 feet tall and wide produces large, bright red bottlebrush flowers from spring through summer followed by woody seedpods. It is attractive to hummingbirds. Young shoots are pinkish red.
Care:  Provide full sun and fertile, moist, well-drained soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11). Very adaptable. Bottlebrushes respond well to hard pruning.
Propagation:   Sow seed in spring, root cuttings in summer.
Problems:   Sawfly larvae are the worst pests for this species. Physical removal is the most effective method of control. Scale insects may also be problematic.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Uses
Low-Maintenance,
Summer Interest,
Sun
Type
Shrubs

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