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Melaleuca viminalis 'Little John'

Family Name: Myrtaceae
Common Name: Dwarf Bottlebrush
Full Sun Little Water Coastal Plant Ornamental Flowers Drought Tolerant Shrub


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Rounded
Maximum Height 0.9 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 1.5 m


Preferred Climate Zone Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Dwarf cultivar with a rounded growth form.
Foliage Bluish-green leaves are oblong with hairy leaf margin.
Flowers Flowers are composed of 5 short, inconspicuous petals and numerous, long stamens. The stamen is composed of a bright red stalk known as a filament and a small, white to gray, dot-sized anther which bears the pollen. The flowers are arranged in a dense spike that resembles a bottle brush.
Cultivation This cultivar requires regular watering until establishment. Once established, it needs only occasional watering.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought, Saline Soils / Salt Spray
Landscape Uses Coastal, Hedge / Screening, Container Planting
Usage Hazard - Cons Irritant - Contact Allergy

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Little Water
Propagation Method Stem Cutting
Plant Growth Rate Remarks Slow


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green - Bluish Green
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Spiral
Foliar Attachment to Stem Sessile
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Oblong, Linear)
Foliar Margin Ciliate / Hairy
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Acute

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Red
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period Free-Flowering
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Dehiscent Dry Fruit
Fruit Type 2 Capsule
Seed Quantity Per Fruit Numerous (>20)

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Master ID 31104
Species ID 5494
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.