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Melaleuca viminalis 'Little John'

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Melaleuca
Species: M. viminalis
Binomial name: Melaleuca viminalis     
Cultivar name: Melaleuca viminalis 'Little John'
Synonyms: Metrosideros viminalis 'Little John', Callistemon viminalis 'Little John'.
Common names: Callistemon viminalis 'Little John', Dwarf Bottlebrush 'Little John'

Melaleuca viminalis was first named in 2009 when Callistemon viminalis was transferred to the present genus.               
Melaleuca viminalis is a cultivar plant in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. It is a compact version of the common Bottlebrush (Melaleuca viminalis).
It is a dwarf bottlebrush with a compact rounded shape. It grows to a height of 1.5 and a width of 1.5m. It has dense blue to green foliage that is soft and furry.
The flowers are a traditional bottlebrush bright red and they appear spring/summer.
It needs regular watering while getting established, but after the first year, it becomes drought tolerance.
Warning handling this plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction in some people. 

Photographed at Tupare Gardens, New Plymouth

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