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Callistemon viminalis ‘LJ1’ Better John™ PPAF

Better John is a seedling selection of the dwarf bottlebrush C. ‘Little John’ and was selected for improved plant vigor, its “blue” foliage color, and because it exhibited a more dense foliage canopy. Easy to grow, quick to establish and long lived in the landscape. Simply put: Better John is very similar to ‘Little John’… only better!  Better John™ flowers from mid to late spring. Its mature foliage is blue-grey, but its new growth will have a silver tone due to the soft hairy texture. Breeder: Todd Layt, Ozbreed Pty. Ltd. Part of our Tuffy Plant Collection™.


  • Dwarf size but a vigorous grower
  • Great for mass plantings, hedges and foundation plantings
  • Same great bottlebrush flowers!

 

Life Cycle: Perennial
Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
H x W (approx): Approx 3ft tall and wide, but could grow taller if left unpruned, in
optimal conditions.
Spacing: 5-6ft on center for hedge plantings
Bloom Time: Spring and fall
Flower: Large terminal bottlebrush inflorescences cover the plant, each approx. 4 to 6
inches long, consisting of numerous deep-red florets with long exserted stamens.
Foliage Color: Blue-green, glaucous foliage
Habit: Round, “bushy” and dense
Containers?: Can be used in very large planters
Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
Water Requirement: Prefers regular irrigation but drought tolerant once established
Maintenance Category: Low Maintenance; salt tolerant
Uses: Drought tolerant accent, flowering hedge, salt laden landscapes
Maintenance Notes: Looks it best in full sun with regular irrigation. Responds well to pruning.