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Ceanothus ‘Cascade’

Californian lilac

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to June
  • Height2m to 4m
  • Spread2m to 4m
  • Growth HabitArching bushy
  • Flower ColourPale blue
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Ceanothus ‘Cascade’ (Californian lilac). An evergreen, vigorous, arching shrub that produces narrowly oblong, glossy dark green leaves. From early spring to early summer, large panicles of pale blue flowers come out.

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
  • WaterDry

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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