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Description

Little John bottlebrush is a compact evergreen shrub with distinctive pale bluish-green leaves and dark scarlet-red flowers. This is a slow to moderate growing cultivar with a mounding form, slowly growing 4-5 ft. tall and as wide after several years.

This bottlebrush cultivar has become one of the most popular and commonly used compact plants in the Inland Empire. It is an attractive shrub that requires little pruning or care and is widely used as an accent plant in mixed garden plantings, in narrow planting strips and as a natural or clipped hedge. It has proven to be highly tolerant of heat, aridity and cold temperatures below 20°F. It does well in many soil conditions and with low amounts of summer.

Water Needs

Little John bottlebrush is highly adapted the Inland Empire where it adapts to normal winter rains and periodic summer irrigation throughout the Inland Empire. Established plants grow well with periodic deep irrigation in the summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; more supplemental water commonly results in a longer growing season and larger sizes.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Slow, Moderate
Height: 4 ft. - 5 ft.
Width: 10 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Silt, Loam, Clay, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Frost, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Hummingbird plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Attracts bees, Hedge, Small spaces

Maintenance

Can be grown as a slow growing bush or an easy to maintain low hedge. Hedges can be pruned anytime while not in bud or flower. Any main annual pruning is best before spring growth begins (5)

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