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Callistemon SCARLET FLAME™


Callistemon viminalis ‘CC19’ Scarlet Flame™ PP25,023

Callistemon viminalis ‘CC19’ PPAF – A seedling selection of C. ‘Captain Cook’, this dwarf bottlebrush shrub was selected for its compact size, fine leaf texture and great auburn-colored new foliage.  Loads of rose-pink “bottlebrush” flowers in spring and autumn.  Scarlet Flame is a great alternative to Callistemon ‘Little John’: it is more hardy, has nicer foliage and a bigger/better flower and bloom habit (and self-cleaning to boot!).  Best in Zones 9-11.  Breeder: Todd Layt, Ozbreed Pty. Ltd.

  • Auburn-colored new growth in spring & fall
  • Foliage is noticeably finer-textured than other Callistemon
  • Dwarf habit with rose-pink bottlebrush flowers


Life Cycle: Perennial
Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
H x W (approx): Approx 4ft tall and 4ft wide, but could grow taller if left unpruned,
in optimal conditions.
Spacing: 6-8ft on center for hedge plantings
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower: Large terminal bottlebrush inflorescences cover the plant, each approx. 4 to 6
inches long, consisting of numerous cerise-pink florets with long exserted stamens.
Foliage Color: New foliage flushes in shades of auburn; very intense at times.  Matures
to emerald green.
Habit: Round, “bushy” and dense
Containers?: Can be used in very large planters
Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
Water Requirement: Prefers regular irrigation but drought tolerant once established
Maintenance Category: Low Maintenance; salt tolerant
Uses: Drought tolerant accent, flowering hedge, salt laden landscapes
Maintenance Notes: Looks it best in full sun with regular irrigation. Responds well to pruning.