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Ceanothus ‘Burkwoodii’

Californian lilac

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.75m to 1.5m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourBlue shades
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Ceanothus ‘Burkwoodii’ (Californian lilac). It is moderately frost tolerant and will form a dense evergreen bush to around 1.5m with glossy green foliage and bright blue blooms in late summer.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

W.Canada, United States and Mexico

Interest and use

Summer/Autumn interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0
  • 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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