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Callistemon, Bottlebrush 'Woodlander's Red'


Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callistemon (kal-lis-STEE-mon) (Info)
Cultivar: Woodlander's Red
Additional cultivar information:(aka Woodlander's Hardy)



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phenix City, Alabama

Milton, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Savannah, Georgia

Louisville, Kentucky

Bishopville, Maryland

Port Republic, Maryland

Raleigh, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Florence, South Carolina

Prosperity, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Loudon, Tennessee

Copperas Cove, Texas

Seguin, Texas

Grand Mound, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 2, 2017, aphclr from Port Republic, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased a Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy' more than three years ago. I planted in full sun, well drained soil. The problem is that each year the plant dies to the ground and re-sprouts. This cultivar is consistently rated as hardy in zone 7 ( I live well within zone 7b). I am frustrated because this should easily be hardy, is it my growing conditions? Should I be offering the plant additional protection?


On Feb 21, 2014, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the only bottlebrush that's bullet proof cold hardy in central SC. Rigidus, or BB plants labeled as Clemson cold hardy, are really only cold hardy to zone 8b at most. If you live in zone 8a, don't waste your money on any other BB. I expect big box stores to occasionally market out of zone plants, but it's a shame that local nurseries do the same.


On May 18, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love this plant, itblooms three times in our warmer seasons, keep looking for seedlings but alas have found none. This plant was a one gallon when I started it and it is absolutely stunning.


On Jan 10, 2010, TheAmericanGardener from Portland, OR wrote:

Fast growing, extremely attractive form and bark, showy flowers, good urban garden size, low water needs and bullet-proof cold hardy.


On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Callistemon 'Woodlander Hardy HARDY BOTTLEBRUSH EG (z7)
It's range now hopefully extended to include zone 6!,this 8' arching needled-leaved shrub is covered with bright red "bottle brushes" in early summer...quite a sight! Sun/Med-Dry/GoodDrainage