Red Alert™ Callistemon viminalis ‘KPS38’
- 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 H x 1.5-2m W unpruned; 500mm-2m H x 400mm-1.5m W pruned.
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.
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Heights shown on the website are for general gardening conditions. In well maintained gardens, some plants will get taller.