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Ceanothus ‘Blue Mound’

Californian lilac

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height0.7m to 1.75m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourDark blue
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Ceanothus ‘Blue Mound’ (Californian lilac). This evergreen, bushy shrub forms a clump of oblong, glossy dark green leaves. In late spring rounded clusters of dark blue flowers will emerge.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

W.Canada, United States and Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their small but densely clustered, mainly blue flowers. Attractive to bees.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost to half hardy; in cold areas you should plant against a south or west facing wall. They will need a sheltered site in full sun and light well drained soil. Remember to cut out the dead wood from the evergreens in the spring and trim their side shoots after flowering. Cut back shoots of deciduous species to basal framework in early spring.

Propagation

You can propagate by greenwood or heel cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to honey fungus and scale insects.

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