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‘Splendens’ bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'

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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.

CareProvide 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.

  • Genus : Callistemon
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Uses : Sun

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