Ceanothus impressus 'Puget Blue'

Common name: Californian lilac

Family: Rhamaceae

Plant type Shrub
Height 3 to 10 feet
Spread 3 to 10 feet
Habit Bushy, upright
Growth rate Moderate
Interests Flowers
Uses Borders, informal hedging
Skill level Average
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 8
Heat zone
Sun Full sun
Moisture Dry to moist
Soil type Very acid to slightly lime
Soil fertility Fertile
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average, coastal
Flower colour Blue
Flower season Mid spring to late summer
Flower size Small
Foliage colour Green
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Texture Fine

Ceanothus are shrubs which grown for their vibrant displays of blue flowers. Plants are either deciduous and flower in the spring or evergreens which flower in summer. The foliage is small, glossy and dark green.

Ceanothus require a sunny protected site, being only marginally hardy, though they cope well with seaside conditions. Soil should be well drained and not excessively alkaline. Larger varieties will need pruning to keep them tidy. Prune spring flowering varieties after flowering and others in early spring. Do not cut into old wood.

Task Calendar

Early-spring Prune summer flowering varieties
Early-summer Prune spring flowering varieties


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