Green John™ Bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis 'LJ23' PP #27,547

A tough, easy-care evergreen ideal for a low hedge or mass planting in hot, sunny sites. Light green new foliage flushes against dark green mature foliage, accented by brilliant red flowers. More vigorous and a denser habit than Little John. Highly resistant to myrtle rust. Tolerates drought and cold; remains more compact in harsher environments.
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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, 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring to summer; nearly year-round in temperate regions.
Design IdeasWith its dense, compact habit, this hummingbird magnet fits into any garden. Use 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. Ideal to brighten desert landscapes. Flushes of green new foliage contrast with mature dark green foliage, making it an excellent companion to the blue-green foliage of Better John™ Callistemon.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorDark 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 PlantsPrivet (Ligustrum); Euryops (Euryops); African Iris (Dietes); Strawberry Tree (Arbutus); Pittosporum (Pittosporum); Photinia (Photinia)

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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