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Callistemon citrinus (Bottlebrush, Dwarf)

Bottlebrush, Dwarf

Callistemon citrinus 'Little John'

The Bottlebrush Tree originally hails from Australia, where it thrives in its native habitat. Its introduction to Texas landscapes has made it a beloved ornamental plant cherished for its vibrant blooms and lush foliage. Notably, when the foliage of the Bottlebrush Tree is crushed, it releases a pleasant citrus aroma, adding to its allure in the garden.

'Little John' Bottlebrush is a dwarf cultivar that produces striking crimson-red flower spikes that are more dense than the regular bottlebrush. The vibrant blooms start in late spring and early summer, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Each flower spike consist of numerous tiny individual flowers densely packed. Blooms last for several weeks to months.

While the dwarf bottlebrush adapts well to the diverse climates of Texas, gardeners should be mindful of its soil preferences, as it tends to prefer slightly acidic soil conditions. Additionally, providing fertilizer and mulch can promote healthy growth and enhance its overall vigor. However, in regions of central and north Texas where freezing temperatures are common, prolonged exposure to cold can damage its foliage and stems, and possibly killing it. A thick layer of mulch can ensure it returns after a heavy freeze, however it is very slow growing and will take years to reach the mature height again.

Small Border
Small Hedge
Blooming Shrub

Flower Color:

Scarlet Red



3 Feet



3 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 8b

Available Sizes:

Item Description
BOT-DWF-05 #005 BOTTLEBRUSH, DWF 'LITTLE JOHN' View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs
Soil pH Preference