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Estrellita™ Scarlet Firecracker Bush

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 18 - 24 Inches
  • Mature Spread 18 - 24 Inches
  • Growing Zones 8 - 10
  • Use As A Filler In Containers

Plant an Estrellita™ Scarlet Firecracker bush and watch all of the hummingbirds flock to your garden. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects adore the bright red tubular flowers. This long-blooming, native shrub has the Latin name Bouvardia ternifolia and is found in elevations over 3000 ft, from Southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas southward through Mexico and Central America. Estrellita™ Scarlet Firecracker Bush was bred to retain all of the best blooming and color qualities while having improved resistance to most diseases and pests. From early summer to late fall, Estrellita™ will provide a shot of hot color wherever it is planted. 

Grow Estrellita™ Scarlet Firecracker Bush in a container, garden bed, or naturalized portion of your landscape for a dramatic, long-blooming focal point. The hot scarlet color stays vibrant even during hot and humid weather. This Firecracker Bush is perfectly sized for containers adorning on a patio or deck. Firecracker Bush is fully hardy in USDA growing zones 8-10 and can be grown as a houseplant in cooler growing zones. This plant is deer resistant and regrows quickly after any damage, usually resulting in a bushier plant.  

Estrellita™ Scarlet Firecracker Bush Care

Plant Estrellita™ in well-draining soil, and either in full or partial sun exposure. Poor and rocky soils are not an issue for this low-maintenance shrub, and heavy fertilizing is not required. Avoid soil that is alkaline (>8.0 on the pH scale). Water well at the time of planting and for the first season until Estrellita™ is established. Mulching annually with an organic material will add nutrients to the soil and aid in moisture retention during the summer months.

Prune early in the spring as the new growth emerges. Prune back any leggy branches to keep the overall shape compact and mounded. Flowers are produced on the current season’s wood, so there is no risk of cutting off buds if pruning needs to be done later in the summer. Deadheading periodically will help to encourage continued flowering. 

Estrellita™ Scarlet Firecracker Bush Spacing

Estrellita™ reaches a very trim and tidy 18-24 inches tall and wide when fully grown. Space each shrub 18 inches apart, center on center, when planting among small shrubs and perennials. Containers with a diameter of 14-16 inches are ideal for specimen plants, while larger planters should be used when designing a seasonal color display.

Estrellita™ Scarlet Firecracker Bush Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 - 10
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 18 - 24 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Orange, Red
Flower Description: Red to Reddish Orange
Bloom Period: Spring to Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green Shades
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role: Filler
Uses: Combinations, Edging, Groundcovers, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Deadheading Not Necessary, Continuous Blooming or Rebloomer
Common Name: Estrellita Scarlet Firecracker Bush
Other Name(s): Firecracker bush
Scientific Name: Bouvardia x 'WNBVESRED24' USPPAF

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped, just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note, plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly. 

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant(s). We will cover 100% of the price of the plant, but the warranty does not cover shipping costs. SImply let us know if your plant has died within 1 year of receiving it and we will get you a new one shipped out as soon as possible (depending on the time of the year and availability). We may ask for photos for documentation purposes, but we try to make the process as easy as possible.

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations