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Callistemon viminalis ‘LJ23’ Green John™ PPAF

Callistemon Green John is an improved seedling selection of C. ‘Little John’; this dwarf bottlebrush shrub has roughly the same size and habit of ‘Little John’ yet is proving to be more vigorous–easier to produce and more resilient in the landscape–plus it has emerald green foliage as opposed to the gray-green or blue-green foliage of ‘Little John’. Simply put: Green John is like a tougher, easier to grow Little John with green leaves. Additionally, Green John (like our other improved ‘Little John’ selection called Better John) is proving to maintain a dense foliage canopy after many years in the landscape as opposed to ‘Little John’ which tends to get a little leggy or “woody”. New growth is a light green, in contrast to the older dark green mature foliage. Breeder: Todd Layt, Ozbreed Pty. Ltd. Part of our Tuffy Plant Collection™.

  • Dwarf size, vigorous growth, green foliage
  • 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 3-4ft tall and 2-3ft 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.