Little John Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus 'Little John')


Little John Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus 'Little John'

  • Also known as Dwarf Callistemon
  • Flowering waterwise shrub
  • A hummingbird magnet
  • Showy flowers are good for cutting
  • Ideal for mass planting, rock gardens, smaller gardens and nice containers

Little John Bottlebrush is covered in stunning blood red blooms from spring to summer and their compact size makes them ideal for smaller gardens! Also known by its botanical name, Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’, this Australian native is a very attractive smaller Bottlebrush and a perfect candidate for use as a hedge or mass planting them like a groundcover. The elongated flower spikes are surrounded by long bristle-like stamens, which influence the common name. If you’ve been looking to add a splash of color into a waterwise landscape, you cannot go wrong planting this slow growing evergreen shrub. Their dazzling features include dense branches covered with blue-green leaves and showy flowers that makes these shrubs ideal for use in any Houston landscape, big or small! Hummingbirds love them and so do we!

This dwarf Bottlebrush variety prefers to be planted in a spot that gets plenty of full sun exposure. Once established, they have a high drought tolerance and can get by with low to moderate watering. And since they grow fairly slow, hard pruning is not really necessary. They also have a high soil tolerance, including clay, so they are a good choice for our area. These are very versatile plants, so you’ll often find Little John Bottlebrush used in median strip plantings in the highway or near a deck or patio in any residential landscape.

Big Tex Tree Nurseries offers FREE home and business landscape design consultations to customers who are looking for additional guidance in what to do with their yard or landscape. Our experts will help you choose the perfect Little John Bottlebrush as well as the perfect companion plants and trees for the perfect spot in your yard!


Prolific red brushy flowers

Full to partial sun

Evergreen even in the coldest winters