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

Ceanothus - 'Blue Jeans' (Californian Lilac, Ceanothus)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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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
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • 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:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Fast growing evergreen plant ideal for screening
  • Plant for extreme coastal screening

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