Red Alert™ Callistemon viminalis 'KPS38' PBR

Red Alert™ - Requires less pruning to establish a hedge than Photinia

Red Alert™ Callistemon viminalis 'KPS38' PBR

Native Shrubs & Ground Covers Range


Plant Description: This bottlebrush plant is a unique Callistemon that produces vivid red new growth for 2 months in Autumn and 2 months in Spring, and is the ideal native alternative to Photinia.

Height & Width: 60cm-2m high x 50cm-1.5m wide (pruned), 2-2.4m high x 1.5-2m wide (unpruned).

Foliage: Vivid new red growth for two months in autumn and two months in spring, with lighter new red growth for more months of the year.

Flowers: Rarely if ever flowers.

Uses: Small to Medium hedge (also as a specimen shrub).

Position & Tolerances: Full sun to part shade. Very drought and frost tolerant. Moderate Myrtle Rust Resistance.

Soil Type: Most soil types.

Best Planting Time: March to October.

Planting Density: 1-2 plants per linear metre (1-2 plants per m²).

Where it thrives: QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, SA and WA.

Pruning: Prune 1-3 times per year after red new growth for a tidy hedge, more regular pruning results in a tidier, denser hedge.

Establishment & Extra Care: 

  • Water as required for 8-13 weeks until established.
  • Plant in a well mulched garden, a chunky mulch is recommended.
  • Use slow release fertiliser in spring, if required.


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