Callistemon viminalis LI1 ‘Better John’

Better John Callistemon
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

2-4′ tall x 2-3′ wide

Natural Growth Habit



Full to partial


Low water, once established

Flower Color

Bright red

Bloom Time

Mid- spring to Summer

Special Features

Attractive blue-green leaves, Attracts bees and nectar-loving birds, Brilliant red flowers

Container Sizes


Sunset Garden Zones


Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Slow to moderate-growing evergreen shrub forming a tidy mound to 2-4’ tall x 2-3’ wide. This improved variety is a cultivar of the highly popular ‘Little John’ and is admired for being easier to grow and quicker to establish, as well as for its more densely-set foliage, featuring blue-green leaves that emerge with an attractive silver-colored tone. This attractive foliage is accented with eye-catching, bottle-brush-like, bright-red flowers that appear primarily from mid-spring into summer, with sporadic bloom throughout the year. Dependable and versatile, this variety is well-suited as an accent, border, foundation planting, or as a small, formal or informal hedge. Requires little water once fully established, but provide regular watering during its first growing season to establish a strong root structure. For a more robust growing specimen, feed annually with a slow-release fertilizer in spring. Performs best in fast-draining soil with a full to partial sun exposure.

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