Growing the Dwarf Bottlebrush shrub is a great way to attract hummingbirds to your small yard.
Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush (Callistemom citrinus) has the same beautiful flowering spikes that attracts hummingbirds as the larger bottlebrush trees.
From the family, Myrtaceae, the Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush grows to be about four to six feet wide and 48 inches tall. I notice the red blooms more in the fall and winter when other plants aren’t blooming.
A good Florida-friendly drought tolerant plant, the bottlebrush is native to Australia. You also see it growing a lot in Arizona, California, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas.
Here are some tips for attracting hummingbirds to your small yard with the Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush:
No. 1: The Bottlebrush is an evergreen tree or shrub that can be trained to grow as a tree, bush, shrub or hedge in the landscape. Be careful when pruning since the flowering spikes draw bees.
No. 2: The Bottlebrush is hardy in zones 8 to 11.
No. 3: Water requirements for a bottlebrush shrub: dry in winter; moist in spring to fall. It is a great plant for xeriscaping, which conserves water in dry climates. Organic mulch can help retain water.
No. 4: Light requirements for bottlebrush shrub: Full sun
No. 5: Soil requirements for bottlebrush shrub: Fertile soil, well drained and neutral to acidic soil
No. 6: Warnings: some people are allergic to the pollen from the bottlebrush
No. 7: Pruning your bottlebrush shrub: Pinch the stem tips to promote branching. Thin branches down to the trunk so air can circulate. Shear to create a topiary or hedge.
I planted by bottlebrush dwarf near the mailbox, but regretted it since it does attract bees. I have not moved it yet, but do prune it so there are no branches near the mail carrier! I recommend planting it with other hummingbird favorites such as Necklace pod, old-fashioned tall red pentas and Scarlet sage.
Some gardeners claim the Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush interferes with the growth of other nearby or competing plants. If you notice certain plants failing near your bottlebrush tree, you may want to consider that as a possible source of the problem.
It’s exciting to watch hummingbirds as they sip the nectar from the Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush blooms. The red, fiery flowering spikes also have great ornamental value for your small yard.
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