RED ALERT™ is a compact Callistemon with deep red new growth
RED ALERT™ Callistemon viminalis ‘KPS38’
The Red Alert™ plant is a compact Callistemon with vibrant, deep red new growth. It is a great low maintenance and more drought tolerant native alternative to exotic Photinia. Red Alert™ Callistemon needs less pruning to establish a hedge.
It has longer periods of red new growth than Photinia – vivid red foliage for 2 months in autumn and 2 months in spring, and lighter new growth foliage in other months.
Red Alert™ Callistemon is a seedling selection of Kings Park Special, research has shown that is unclear whether this viminalis species has been crossed with C. citrinus. Therefore Red Alert is possibly a viminalis x citrinus.
Red Alert™ Callistemon will grow 2-2.4m high x 1.5-2m wide unpruned and 50cm-2m high x 40cm-1.5m wide when pruned.
Perfect as a hedge or specimen shrub.
Rarely, if ever flowers
Best Planting Time
March – October
Requires full sun to part shade and works in most soil types. Tough and drought tolerant. More drought tough and frost tolerant compared to exotic Photinia.
Water well until established and prune after red new growth in autumn and spring, or as required.
This website gives general information for the states/regions in Australia. For local information on which plants work in your area contact your local grower. Local grower knowledge is vital, this website is no substitute.
Heights shown on the website are for general gardening conditions. In well maintained gardens, some plants will get taller.