Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Callistemon 'Little John'....Dwarf Bottlebrush

Dwarf Bottlebrush   is a common name for this almost perfect, compact bottlebrush with dense grey green foliage and deep red coloured brushes in Spring.

 A hybrid from Callistemon viminalis from the family Myrtaceae ,discovered in Eastern Australia, this drought tolerant shrub with it's short deep red brushes is a sun lover once established.

Callistemon - The genus takes its name from Greek "kallistos", most beautiful, and "stemon", a stamen, referring to its large, showy stamens that make the flowers look like bottlebrushes (hence the common name). Evergreen shrubs and trees, native to Oceania, that  bloom from spring to summer.