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Scarlet Compacta Bottlebrush - Callistemon
Scarlet Compacta Bottlebrush is well known for it's unique and interesting bottle-brush like bright red flowers with golden anthers. The red, cylindrical flowers featuring numerous stamens resembling bottlebrushes, come in a massive display in spring and summer contrasting nicely with the bright green foliage. More details below

Scarlet Compacta Bottlebrush - Callistemon

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Scarlet Compacta Bottlebrush 
Callistemon citrinus  'Scarlet Compacta'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 10a-11  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 10a, where this Bottlebrush is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Scarlet Compacta Bottlebrush is well known for it's unique and interesting bottle-brush like bright red flowers with golden anthers. The red, cylindrical flowers featuring numerous stamens resembling bottlebrushes, come in a massive display in spring and summer contrasting nicely with the bright green foliage. The leaves emerge coppery before maturing to medium green and have have a fresh, lemony scent when bruised.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 10 to 12 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide, the Scarlet Compacta Bottlebrush can be grown as a large shrub or lower branches can be removed to form an attractive small tree. It is ideal for use as a focal point specimen, in groupings, or as formal or informal hedge or privacy screen. A fine addition to tropical gardens, butterfly gardens, and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Spacing:  5-7' for solid hedges; 12'+ for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Scarlet Compacta Bottlebrush is exceptionally easy to grow in most any well-drained soil. Prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. Plants will require a moist but well-drained soil when young but established plants are very drought tolerant. Bottlebrush have very few if any insect or disease problems, and deer won't touch them! Tolerates lots of heat and salt air. 




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Callistemon Bottlebrush shrubs.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 10-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity:  8-10'
Spacing:  5-7' for solid hedges; 11'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Bushy, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate, Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Red
Flower Size:  3-4" in length
Flowering Period:  Spring, Summer
Flower Type:  Cylindrical, Bottlebrush-like
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Medium to Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun, Some Shade is tolerated
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Average to Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Butterflies, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect



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