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Jeffers Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus 'Jeffers'

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Jeffers Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus 'Jeffers') at Rainbow Gardens

Jeffers Bottlebrush flowers

Jeffers Bottlebrush flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Jeffers Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus 'Jeffers') at Rainbow Gardens

Jeffers Bottlebrush flowers

Jeffers Bottlebrush flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  Jeffersii Bottlebrush, Violaceus Bottlebrush


Stunning bottlebrush blooms that emerge reddish purple and mature to violet purple on a compact dwarf variety that produces short, narrow blue-green foliage on a mounded habit; can be maintained as a hedge or landscape accent

Ornamental Features

Jeffers Bottlebrush features showy spikes of crimson catkins with violet overtones at the ends of the branches from mid spring to late fall. It has bluish-green evergreen foliage. The small fragrant narrow leaves remain bluish-green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Jeffers Bottlebrush is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Jeffers Bottlebrush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Jeffers Bottlebrush will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Jeffers Bottlebrush makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.