RED ALERT™ Callistemon
Red Alert™ Callistemon viminalis ‘KPS38’ PBR
- A compact bottlebrush hedge with new red growth
- Needs less pruning to establish a hedge than Photinia
Description: Red Alert™ Callistemon is a unique bottlebrush with vivid new red growth for two months in autumn and two months in spring, with lighter new red growth for even more months.
It’s a native alternative to Photinia that requires less pruning, is very drought and frost tolerant, thrives in windy situations and suits most soil.
Size: 2-2.4m high x 1.5-2m wide unpruned; 500mm-2m high x 400mm-1.5m wide pruned.
Planting Density: 1-2 plants per m², 1-2 plants per linear metre.
Uses: Hedge or specimen shrub.
Position: Full sun to part shade. Suits most soil types. Tolerates frost and drought.
Care: Water as required for 8-13 weeks until established. Plant in a well mulched garden (chunky mulch is recommended). If required use slow release fertiliser in spring.
Prune to shape 1-3 times a year after red new growth (this depends on your requirements, more frequent pruning will provide a tidier hedge/shape).
Where it works: QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, SA & WA.