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Ceanothus (any evergreen variety) (Californian lilac (any evergreen variety))

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
6m
Max height
8m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ceanothus (any evergreen variety)

Other names

Californian lilac (any evergreen variety)

Genus

Ceanothus Ceanothus

Variety or Cultivar

Ceanothus (any evergreen variety) _ If you don't know the variety name of your Ceanothus, you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

Ceanothus (any evergreen variety) are vigorous, bushy, spreading, or prostrate evergreen shrubs, usually with small, ovate, wrinkled, dark green leaves and compact, dense panicles or racemes of blue, pink, or white flowers in late spring and early summer or from late summer into autumn.


Ceanothus (any evergreen variety) is: Evergreen

Habit

Spreading, Prostrate, Bushy

Flower

White, Blue, Pink in Spring; White, Pink, Blue in Summer; White, Pink, Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects Scale insects

Honey fungus , Phytophthora root diseases Honey fungus , Phytophthora root diseases

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8 after flowering. Mulch and feed after pruning. Pruning group 13 for wall-trained specimens. If wall-trained, may reach twice the height they would be in an open site.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Ceanothus (any evergreen variety) (Californian lilac (any evergreen variety)) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Banks and Slopes, Containers, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Lime tolerant but will become chlorotic if planted in shallow chalk. Avoid wet soils. Most Ceanothus are vigorous, but relatively short-lived.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Ceanothus (any evergreen variety)

Other names

Californian lilac (any evergreen variety)

Genus

Ceanothus Ceanothus

Variety or Cultivar

Ceanothus (any evergreen variety) _ If you don't know the variety name of your Ceanothus, you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

Ceanothus (any evergreen variety) are vigorous, bushy, spreading, or prostrate evergreen shrubs, usually with small, ovate, wrinkled, dark green leaves and compact, dense panicles or racemes of blue, pink, or white flowers in late spring and early summer or from late summer into autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Spreading, Prostrate, Bushy


Colour

Flower

White, Blue, Pink in Spring; White, Pink, Blue in Summer; White, Pink, Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects

Specific diseases

Honey fungus , Phytophthora root diseases

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8 after flowering. Mulch and feed after pruning. Pruning group 13 for wall-trained specimens. If wall-trained, may reach twice the height they would be in an open site.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ceanothus (any evergreen variety) (Californian lilac (any evergreen variety)) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Banks and Slopes, Containers, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Lime tolerant but will become chlorotic if planted in shallow chalk. Avoid wet soils. Most Ceanothus are vigorous, but relatively short-lived.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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