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Light Show Red Bottlebrush

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$36.98
  • Red blossoms with long and thin spikes
  • Matures to 2-3' wide by 2-3' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 8 - 10
  • Plant in full sun
Pot size

Description

A festival of brilliant red blossoms awaits you when you plant the Light Show® Bottlebrush from the Southern Living Plant Collection! Scarlet red bottlebrush blooms emerge from Spring to Summer. These gorgeous blossoms feature thin red styles extending from bloom spikes. Furthermore, these styles are tipped with bright white ends, giving a distinctly 'fiber-optic' appearance.

New foliage emerges as a bright green before maturing to a pleasant deep green. This evergreen foliage is reliably dense and requires little pruning. Therefore, it's ideal for low-maintenance gardens.

Unlike other red blooming Bottlebrush that can reach upwards of 10 feet tall, the Light Show Bottlebrush maxes out around 2-3' H x 2-3' W. In other words, it feels right at home in a small garden.

As usual with Bottlebrushes, the Light Show Bottlebrush is salt tolerant. So it's perfect for coastal plantings.

Once established, it proves itself to be remarkably drought-tolerant.

Use it as an accent plant, in a mixed bed, mass planting, low-hedge, foundation planting, or slope planting. Alternatively, this bottlebrush's dwarf nature means that it even works well in a container.

Pair the Light Show Bottlebrush with the Mojo Pittosporum or Twist of Pink Oleander, two other coastal salt-tolerant varieties. Their foliage contrasts in color, shape, and texture, creating fantastic interest.

Light Show Bottlebrush Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 8-10, down to 10-20° Fahrenheit.

Plant the Light Show Bottlebrush in Full Sun for best results.

Water regularly after planting, 2-3 times per week during the first growing season in average weather. Afterward, this red blooming shrub only needs supplemental watering in times of intense heat and drought.

This bottlebrush is tolerant of most soil types. However, good drainage is important to avoid root rot.

Fertilize in spring with a bloom booster fertilizer, low on nitrogen, such as a 15-30-15 NPK.

Trimming is generally unnecessary for the Light Show Bottlebrush, but if desired, it should be done after the spring bloom cycle.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Light Show Bottlebrush Spacing Recommendations

If you plan to use the Bottle Brush as a hedge, leave 3 to 4 feet of breathing space between each plant. Otherwise, Allow 4 to 6 feet of space if planting right outside the house.

  • Scientific Name
    Callistemon viminalis 'LJ23' PP27547
  • Hardiness Zone
    8, 9, 10
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Attracts Birds / Butterflies, Drought Tolerant, Flowering, Heat Tolerant, Sun Loving
  • Feature Color
    Green, Red
  • Uses
    Xeriscaping, Accent, Border, Coastal, Container, Hedge
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Fall, Summer

Growing Zones : 8, 9, and 10

Map of USDA Zones 8-10
Southern Living Plant Collection Nandinas planted in a container with heucherella in front of a fireplace

Southern Living Plants

A collection of shrubs, trees, and perennials selected by plant experts to thrive in the heat of the South. Find traditional varieties like camellias mixed with new landscape favorites like agapanthus. These varieties have been bred to tackle landscape challenges specific to the region.

Light Show Bottlebrush red spike blooms
Southern Living Plant Collection

Light Show Red Bottlebrush

$36.98

A festival of brilliant red blossoms awaits you when you plant the Light Show® Bottlebrush from the Southern Living Plant Collection! Scarlet red bottlebrush blooms emerge from Spring to Summer. These gorgeous blossoms feature thin red styles extending from bloom spikes. Furthermore, these styles are tipped with bright white ends, giving a distinctly 'fiber-optic' appearance.

New foliage emerges as a bright green before maturing to a pleasant deep green. This evergreen foliage is reliably dense and requires little pruning. Therefore, it's ideal for low-maintenance gardens.

Unlike other red blooming Bottlebrush that can reach upwards of 10 feet tall, the Light Show Bottlebrush maxes out around 2-3' H x 2-3' W. In other words, it feels right at home in a small garden.

As usual with Bottlebrushes, the Light Show Bottlebrush is salt tolerant. So it's perfect for coastal plantings.

Once established, it proves itself to be remarkably drought-tolerant.

Use it as an accent plant, in a mixed bed, mass planting, low-hedge, foundation planting, or slope planting. Alternatively, this bottlebrush's dwarf nature means that it even works well in a container.

Pair the Light Show Bottlebrush with the Mojo Pittosporum or Twist of Pink Oleander, two other coastal salt-tolerant varieties. Their foliage contrasts in color, shape, and texture, creating fantastic interest.

Light Show Bottlebrush Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 8-10, down to 10-20° Fahrenheit.

Plant the Light Show Bottlebrush in Full Sun for best results.

Water regularly after planting, 2-3 times per week during the first growing season in average weather. Afterward, this red blooming shrub only needs supplemental watering in times of intense heat and drought.

This bottlebrush is tolerant of most soil types. However, good drainage is important to avoid root rot.

Fertilize in spring with a bloom booster fertilizer, low on nitrogen, such as a 15-30-15 NPK.

Trimming is generally unnecessary for the Light Show Bottlebrush, but if desired, it should be done after the spring bloom cycle.

Pot size

  • 2 Gallon
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