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Callistemon viminalis 'Better John' (Bottlebrush, Callistemon)

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Plant description

callistemon viminalis better john(1)

Callistemon viminalis 'Better John' is a compact shrub with deep red bottlebrush flowers in spring, and lovely blue green foliage. The new leaves in spring are covered with fine hairs, giving a silvery effect. This cultivar is an improved version of the popular dwarf 'Little John', and is faster and easier growing, and improved foliage colour.

'Better John' suits sandy to well drained soils, and sunny to part shade spots. Great for a low hedge, massed plantings or a single garden plant, also good for a large container. Fertilise in spring with a good general purpose fertiliser. Prune lightly to shape if needed, though it will naturally maintain a compact and dense habit.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: red
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.2 metres
Minimum height: 0.6 metres

Maximum width: 0.9 metres
Minimum width: 0.6 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, insects, butterflies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: wet, moist, well-drained.

Pests

Scale

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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