Weeping Dwarf Bottlebrush

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Scientific Name: Callistemon viminalis ‘Little John’

Common Names: Weeping Dwarf Bottlebrush, Little John Bottle Brush Tree

Overview: Discover the enchanting beauty of Callistemon viminalis ‘Little John,’ a compact and vibrant addition to any garden. This dwarf variety of the iconic Bottlebrush plant is renowned for its striking, crimson-red flowers that bloom profusely in spring and summer, attracting a symphony of pollinators like bees and hummingbirds. ‘Little John’ stands out with its dense, blue-green foliage, which forms a striking contrast against the fiery red blooms, creating a visual spectacle in any landscape.

Growing to a modest height of 3 feet, this low-maintenance shrub is perfect for small gardens, borders, or as a statement potted plant. It thrives in full sun, adapting well to various soil types, and shows remarkable drought tolerance once established. Its resilience and evergreen nature make it an ideal choice for gardeners seeking year-round interest.

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Unique Flowers that Pollinators will Love

The Dwarf Bottlebrush is a compact and vibrant shrub native to Australia. It’s celebrated for its distinctive red flowers and manageable size, making it an ideal plant for various garden settings. Callistemon viminalis ‘Little John’ is a smaller version of the traditional bottlebrush plant, renowned for its striking red blooms and lush, evergreen foliage. This dwarf cultivar reaches approximately 3 feet in height and width, perfect for small gardens, borders, or container planting. The vibrant red, brush-like flowers are not only visually appealing but also attract pollinators like bees and hummingbirds, enhancing your garden’s biodiversity.


The Dwarf Bottlebrush thrives in full sun, requiring at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Choose a location that provides ample sunlight to encourage prolific blooming. While adaptable to various soil types, the plant prefers well-draining soil to prevent root rot. It’s also important to select a spot with enough space for the plant to reach its full size without overcrowding. If you’re planting multiple shrubs, space them at least 3 feet apart to allow for proper air circulation and growth.


Proper watering is crucial, especially during the Dwarf Bottlebrush’s establishment phase. Water the plant deeply and regularly during its first growing season to establish a strong root system. Once established, it becomes drought-tolerant, requiring less frequent watering. Allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions to prevent overwatering and root rot. In hotter, drier climates, additional watering may be necessary, especially if the plant is in a container. During the winter months, reduce watering as the plant’s growth slows down.


The Dwarf Bottlebrush is not particularly picky about soil but performs best in well-draining soil. If your garden soil is heavy or clayey, consider amending it with organic matter to improve drainage. A neutral to slightly acidic pH is ideal for this plant.


Fertilizing is not usually necessary for established plants, as they are fairly low-maintenance. However, if you notice stunted growth or poor flowering, you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring. Be cautious not to over-fertilize, as this can lead to excess foliage growth at the expense of flowers.


Pruning is an important aspect of Dwarf Bottlebrush care. Prune immediately after flowering to maintain its shape and encourage dense growth. Remove any dead or diseased wood and thin out crowded branches to improve air circulation. Pruning also stimulates new growth, leading to more prolific flowering in the next season. Regularly removing spent flowers can also encourage additional blooming.

Pest and Disease Management

The Dwarf Bottlebrush is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but it can occasionally be affected by aphids, scale insects, or spider mites. These can be controlled with insecticidal soap or neem oil. As for diseases, root rot can be an issue if the plant is overwatered or planted in poorly draining soil. Ensure good drainage and avoid overwatering to prevent this problem. Regular inspection of the plant will help in early detection and treatment of any issues.

Common Problems and Issues

One common problem with Dwarf Bottlebrush is insufficient flowering, often due to too much shade or over-fertilization. Ensure your plant gets enough sunlight and use fertilizer sparingly. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so be sure to let the soil dry out between watering sessions.

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a, 9a, 9b

Mature Height

3ft – 6ft


4ft – 8ft


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Why others chose the Weeping Dwarf Bottlebrush

This bush will attract hummingbirds.

I lost mine due to a fertilizing mistAke. It had been with me to 6 years. Finding a specimen robust looking specimen to replace it had been very hard. I’m hoping that you guys are up to the task

I lost one recently, I hope this one lives to grow beautifully.