Little John Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus 'Little John')


Little John Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus 'Little John'

Little John Bottlebrush features blood red blooms that add a vibrant splash of color into any landscape, and thanks to its compact size, it’s the perfect choice for smaller gardens! If you love hummingbirds, you’re going to want to plant Callistemon citrinus 'Little John' into your landscape because this dwarf plant is a hummingbird magnet! This is a versatile plant with a lower spreading habit, so it can be used a variety of ways! We love to plant them in wildlife habitat gardens, where they will also attract butterflies in droves! They’re also a waterwise plant, so they’re a great choice for use as a foundation cover-up in drought resistant gardens. All in all, this is a popular choice for use as an accent in a broad range of landscape applications!

An Australian native, Callistemon Little John plants love full sun exposure and have a slow growth rate. They can thrive in a variety of soil conditions and once established, have low to moderate watering needs. It’s a relatively low maintenance plant and can tolerate some urban pollution, so city folks can add some stunning color into a smaller sized landscape and help the environment too! We recommend applying our Moon Dust fertilizer from spring to fall to keep the foliage dark green and full of the stunning red flowers.

This dwarf bottlebrush can be grown from the coast to inland and desert areas. It’s a great choice for a variety of landscapes, especially if you want to bring color that adds curb appeal!

  • Also known as Dwarf Bottlebrush
  • Showy blood red flowers
  • Features dense branches covered with blue-green leaves
  • Evergreen shrub
  • Attracts birds, hummingbirds and butterflies – offers a source of nectar
  • Dwarf plant
  • Pet friendly
  • Good plant for firescaping
  • Can be grown in pots
  • Year-round interest


Prolific red brushy flowers

Full to partial sun

Evergreen even in the coldest winters