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Callistemon citrinus (Bottlebrush, Dwarf)

Bottlebrush, Dwarf

Callistemon citrinus 'Little John'

From the land down under comes this spectacular blooming tree that prefers the warmer areas of southern Texas. The Bottlebrush is also called the Lemon Bottlebrush for the citrus aroma the leaves have when crushed.


This low maintenance tree has a slow growth habit, with stiff stems that spread up and outright more than downward. The narrow lance-shaped leaves have a leathery touch to them, and are slightly tomentose on the underside. Bright red fuzzy flowers are on the stem tips, arranged radially and being entirely composed of stamens giving it the look of a large bottlebrush; they appear in abundance during the spring and sporadically throughout the summer.  


‘Little John’ is a dwarf cultivar, with a more compact growth habit and higher susceptibility to freezing temperatures.  It prefers well drained loose soils that are slightly acidic, and requires mulching in areas that experience cold winters.  Easily attracts butterflies and hummingbirds when in bloom. 

Small Border
Small Hedge

Flower Color:

Scarlet Red

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Height

3 Feet

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Spread

3 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 8b

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
High
Exposure
Full Sun to Part Shade
Habit
Evergreen
Water Needs
Medium