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Ceanothus concha (Californian Lilac)

Ceanothus concha (Californian Lilac)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading arching
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer early), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Ceanothus concha Description

This medium sized Ceanothus is a dense growing evergreen shrub that bears clusters of light blue flowers in early summer on arching branches. Dense dark green foliage is attractive all Year round. Good for planting towards the back of a mixed border in full sun. 2m tall by 3m spread.


Ceanothus concha - Cultivation Notes

Ceanothus will tolerate a wide range of problematic soil types as long as they are well drained and not overly fertile. 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 poor of soils such as dry and and chalk. Ceanothus do not appreciate the cold or shade. Prune lightly to shape in early Spring.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Ceanothus concha:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Scented blossom
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • 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 concha

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Ceanothus concha:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
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