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Ceanothus - 'Puget Blue' (Californian Lilac, Ceanothus)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Light blue Flowers (Summer early), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Ceanothus Description

This medium to large Ceanothus is a dense growing evergreen shrub that bears masses of tight clusters of light blue flowers in spring / early summer. Dense dark green foliage is attractive all Year round. 2m tall by 2m spread.

Ceanothus - Cultivation Notes

Ceanothus will tolerate a wide range of soil types as long as they are well drained. For best results plant in a warm sheltered spot full sun and make best use of this tough plant by using it in hot dry problem spots where it will flourish in the poorest of soils. Ceanothus do not appreciate the cold or shade. Prune lightly to shape in early Spring.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Ceanothus:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Scented blossom
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Ceanothus

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Ceanothus:

  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Plant for extreme coastal screening

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