Little John Dwarf BottleBrush

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Hummingbird Magnet for Hot Spots!

Dwarf BottleBrush (Callistemon citrinus 'Little John') is for hot spots! This zone 8-11 evergreen is a petite version of its grandiose kin, but the impact is just as big.

It is a slow grower with bushy blue-green foliage that makes a striking carefree mound in the garden. From spring to summer it is covered in ruby red bottle-brush type flowers that set hummingbirds abuzz. In the warmest zones it will flower intermittently all year long.

This dwarf looks great along a foundation or hiding the edge of the deck. Try several as a hedge or lining a driveway. It also works well in pots and is a perfect specimen in today's smaller gardens. It works well when massed as a groundcover where other plants will wilt in the heat.

As you could guess, because it loves the heat it is a great plant for desert landscapes and works really well with other heat lovers. Pair it with agaves, aloes and sedums for a very waterwise and textural garden.

As its Latin name 'citrinus' suggests, when you crush the leaves you get the unmistakable scent of citrus. Plant it where you can enjoy brushing past it. This hard working and beautiful shrub will bring a hot-tropic look to you garden with very little work from you.

Order yours today and enjoy the show this summer!

  • Blue-Green Foliage
  • Fits Small Gardens and Containers
  • Ruby Red Flowers Bring Hummingbirds

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Award Winning Ornamental Shrub

A Dwarf Selection of the common Bottlebrush or Lemon Bottle Brush, the Callistemon 'Little John' has fast become a very popular landscape shrub in North America.

First selected by Ken Dunstan, of New South Wales Australia, in the early 1980's, the Callistemon was first introduced under different names, one of which was Callistemon 'Tom Thumb'. Dunstan, a plant breeder from Alstonville, Australia would go on to introduce the Callistemon 'Little John'. This plant won Australia's Shrub of the Year in 1986.

Like the other Callistemon variety, the botanical name had been skewed for close to 200 years. First cited in 1814 as Callistemon, by Robert Brown, he would label the Metrosideros as a Callistemon as well. In 1864, Ferdinand von Mueller would note the similarity of the Callistemon to the Melaleuca genus and gradually reclassify them. Despite all the efforts, it would be 1998 before there was agreement that the Callistemon was a Melaleuca.

In the case of the Little John Callistemon, this became complicated when some growers selected Callistemon viminalis 'Little John' and some chose to call it Callistemon citrinus 'Little John'.

Finally, in 2006 and 2009, DNA would conclude that all Callistemon, but 4 hybrids, were Melaleucas, with the Callistemon citrinus recognized as Melaleuca citrina. Despite the reclassification and the DNA results, some still question the results and nurseries continue to sell plants by the name Callistemon.

The Bottlebrush is a LOW to MODERATE water consumer and is recognized by the California Department of Water Resources, Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) list, meaning that once established it requires periodic water during the summer. This plant is recommended for all drought tolerant and xeriscape landscapes.

Callistemon citrinus are on most all lists of fire-resistant plants and they are recommended for all defensible space plantings in Firesafe Landscapes. They are, however, most often recommended at least 20 feet from the house and never under taller trees.


Little John Dwarf BottleBrush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-11
Growing Zones 8-11
More Information
Botanical Name Callistemon citrinus 'Little John'
Mature Height 3 feet
Mature Spread 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well drained
Moisture Water to establish, then as needed during dry spells
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Blue-green
Pollinator Friendly No