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CALLISTEMON citrinus 'Little John'

Commonly known as Crimson bottlebrush

Miniature habit, deep red flowers
Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - blue-green, lance-shaped leaves to 7cm (3in) long.
  • Red - deep red
  • Height - 0.5 - 1m (18-36ins)
  • Spread - 0.5 - 1m (18-36ins)
  • Dwarf shrub - Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions. - rounded habit. Produces flower spikes at the top of the branches.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun - sheltered position.
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - red spider mites, mealy bugs and scale insects under glass.
  • Place of origin - Australia (New South Wales, Victoria). C.viminalis hybrid.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - loam based potting, full light and ventilation.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage - leaves release attractive lemon scent when crushed.
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Neutral to acid soil
0.5 - 1m (18-36ins)
Dwarf Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  0.5 - 1m (18-36ins)

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