Callistemon viminalis ‘Little John’


By June 16, 2021
Callistemon Viminalis 'Little John', Bottlebrush plant with up red blooms

About Callistemon viminalis ‘Little John’ (Bottlebrush)

This interesting evergreen shrub is known as Callistemon viminalis ‘Little John’. Commonly known as bottlebrush, this mounding shrub features spear-shaped leaves clustered in spirals with red bristle-like blooms. You can expect its interesting blooms year-round but with fuller blooming in the spring and summer seasons. Reaching an average landscape size of 3′ tall by 5′ wide this variety has a slower growth habit but is a great pollinator for birds, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Planting and care instructions

Plant Bottlebrush in an area that receives full sun exposure using well-draining soil. Water regularly when planted to establish a healthy root system then reduce the frequency to once weekly, except during periods of extreme heat. Callistemon ‘Little John’ is drought tolerant but looks best with regular watering. This variety is considered low-maintenance but if desired, pruning for appearance or size should be done in the spring.

Landscape Design Ideas

This variety looks great planted in multiples as a low-growing hedge framing a walkway or flowerbed. Its smaller size makes it a great choice for smaller gardens or planted in containers.

Botanical Name: Callistemon viminalis 'Little John'

Common Name: Bottlebrush

Average Landscape Size: 3' x 5'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Red

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Bush

Sizes: 1, 5 & 15 Gallon

Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Easy Pruning, Attracts Hummingbirds,