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Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’

Californian lilac

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourPale blue
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ (Californian lilac). This vigorous, evergreen, deciduous bushy shrub bears broad, oval, medium green leaves. In mid summer to early autumn, large racemes of pale blue flowers are produced.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

W.Canada, United States and Mexico

Interest and use

Summer interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Chalky
  • 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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