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Little John Bottle Brush

Callistemon 'Little John'
Blood red, bottlebrush-like flower spikes cover this dwarf evergreen shrub from spring into summer. In warm, temperate regions, it will continue to bloom intermittently throughout the year. A densely branched habit with blue-green leaves that have a citrus scent when crushed. The versatile compact size is perfect for today's smaller gardens.
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Quick Facts

  • Deep red bottlebrush flowers
  • Compact size is ideal for small gardens
  • Deer resistant

Details

Blood red, bottlebrush-like flower spikes cover this dwarf evergreen shrub from spring into summer. In warm, temperate regions, it will continue to bloom intermittently throughout the year. A densely branched habit with blue-green leaves that have a citrus scent when crushed. The versatile compact size is perfect for today's smaller gardens.

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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

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
Thrives in average, lightly acidic, well-drained soil; avoid alkaline soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. More drought tolerant in coastal areas; less tolerant in hot, arid regions. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Prune to shape after flowering.

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

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

Disease and Pests

Generally pest and disease free. Can become chlorotic in overly wet soils. Treat with chelated iron.

USDA Hardiness Zone

8

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