Shrubs

Little John Bottlebrush

Callistemon 'Little John'
A dwarf variety of Callistemon. It has narrow blue green foliage with bright red brush-like stamens that become the main attraction. While dwarf and slow-growing, Little John can eventually attain a large size. Pruning, especially of taller upward shoots, will help to maintain its low and compact habit.
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Quick Facts

  • Deep red bottlebrush flowers
  • Ideal size for small gardens
  • Deer resistant

Details

A dwarf variety of Callistemon. It has narrow blue green foliage with bright red brush-like stamens that become the main attraction. While dwarf and slow-growing, Little John can eventually attain a large size. Pruning, especially of taller upward shoots, will help to maintain its low and compact habit.

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About This Plant

Type

Shrubs

Leaf Color

Blue-Green

Flowering

Flowering

Mature Height

Up to 36 inches

Mature Width

Up to 60 inches

Landscape Uses

Flowering, Foundation, Groundcover, Patio & Containers

Features

Attractive flowers, disease free, pest free, nectar source for birds

Grower/Brand

Monrovia

California residents please see Prop 65 WARNING

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Life Cycle

Perennial

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Bloom Color

Red

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
Trim to desired shape, though pruning is not otherwise needed as this is a slow grower.

Effort of Care

Low

Soil Type

Acidic, Well-drained

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Needs

Full sun is ideal for the best flowers and overall plant health

Water Needs

Drought tolerant but performs best with regular irrigation

Disease and Pests

Generally resistant to most diseases and pests. Boxwood Blight caused by long periods of foliage moisture, boxwood leafminer, boxwood mite and boxwood psyllid.

USDA Hardiness Zone

8

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