Callistemon hybrid ‘Red Rocket’ – Bottlebrush

Callistemon ‘Red Rocket’ is a small and colourful shrub, with bright red new growth on dark older foliage. It makes a great contrast plant, and is low maintenance. It grows to around a metre and a half high and wide, making it perfect for low hedges and screening. You can use it unpruned for informal hedging, but pruned regularly it can create a good formal coloured foliage hedge. Adapts to most soil types, dry or wet conditions, and is good for sun to part shade. A light prune once or twice a year will ensure a more dense habit and flushes of new red growth. It is frost tolerant.

Scientific Name:Callistemon hybrid
Cultivar:Red Rocket
Common Name:Bottlebrush
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower, Bonsai, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.