Little John Bottlebrush Tree

Product Description

Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’ Bottlebrush tree is a unique and dwarf evergreen that is sure to turn heads in your garden!

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With bright red flowers that embody the bottlebrush family, the compact shrub features blue green foliage that is narrow and spindly. The blood red bottlebrush flower spikes are extremely attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies who will fly for miles to get to the sweet nectar the flowers offer.

The red blooms look beautiful cut for vases or floral arrangements and will bloom throughout spring and summer. The dense evergreen foliage will put off a citrus aroma when crushed.

With a low, spreading habit the Little John Bottlebrush is perfect for smaller gardens, containers, foundation plantings, or used as a groundcover.

Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush Care

Grow this bottlebrush shrub across the United States in USDA growing zones 8-11. With little maintenance needed to keep it thriving, it is adaptable to most soil sites as long as it’s in full sun with well draining soil. The Little John prefers slightly acidic soil

The mature tree size is up to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide making it wider than it is tall. It has a slow growth rate of up to and rounded shape that look good in borders or garden beds as an accent plant.

Apply a slow release fertilizer in the early spring growing season to help boost growth and flower production. Prune the evergreen shrub as needed to maintain desired shape and size. Maintain a regular watering schedule until the dense shrub establishes into the landscape. If planted in a container, it will need more frequent watering.

This low maintenance shrub is heat and drought tolerant, salt spray tolerant, deer resistant, easy to grow and care for, and looks beautiful in any garden all year long!

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Botanical Name

Callistemon citrinus 'Little John'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 3 ft
Mature Width 5 ft
Growing Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Bright red bottlebrush flowers
  • Unique blue green foliage
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Shipping Info

Once your Little John Bottlebrush Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Proto

    Thank you! I loved the plant that was shipped to me!! I Loved the freshness it had when it was delivered! Planted into a pot and kept in sun! Not looking as soft as it was delivered! Brought indoors and kept next to window! Just trying to bring it back to the state it was delivered!! Will definitely post a picture when it lowers! So looking forward to it!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      You are so welcome! Enjoy your Little John Bottlebrush!

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