Dwarf bottlebrush

Callistemon ‘Little John’


Little John bottlebrush is a compact evergreen shrub with distinctive pale bluish-green leaves and dark scarlet-red flowers. This is a slow to moderate growing cultivar with a mounding form, slowly growing 4-5 ft. tall and as wide after several years.

This bottlebrush cultivar has become one of the most popular and commonly used compact plants in the Inland Empire. It is an attractive shrub that requires little pruning or care and is widely used as an accent plant in mixed garden plantings, in narrow planting strips and as a natural or clipped hedge. It has proven to be highly tolerant of heat, aridity and cold temperatures below 20°F. It does well in many soil conditions and with low amounts of summer.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Slow, Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Silt, Loam, Clay, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Frost, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Hummingbird plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Attracts bees, Hedge, Small spaces
Height: 4 ft. – 5 ft.
Width: 10 ft.