Better John™ Bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis 'LJ1' PP #27,331

Easier to grow, quicker to establish, and even better foliage color than the original Little John! Blue-green mature foliage contrasts beautifully with the silvery tones of the soft new growth. Bright red flowers add a splash of color. A fantastic easy-care low hedge or mass planting for hot, sunny sites. Evergreen.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationkal-LIS-tem-on vi-mi-NAH-liss
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring to summer; nearly year-round in temperate regions.
Design IdeasUse this versatile, compact shrub as a foundation cover-up in drought-resistant gardens or as middle-of-the-border accent plants. Line up several for a hedge or mass them like groundcover in very hot planting areas where other plants wilt. A hummingbird magnet, perfect for brightening desert-themed landscapes. Flushes of soft, silvery new growth contrasts with mature blue-green foliage, making it an excellent companion to the darker green foliage of Green John™ Callistemon.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly, Heat Loving
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsEucalyptus (Eucalyptus); Euryops (Euryops); Stonecrop (Sedum); Photinia (Photinia); Rock Rose (Cistus); Aloe (Aloe)

Provide average, lightly acidic, well-drained soil; avoid alkaline soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; reduce frequency once established. More drought tolerant in coastal areas; less tolerant in hot, arid regions. Feed in early spring. Prune to shape every 3 or 4 years; every other year as a formal hedge.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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