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Ceanothus ‘Marie Simon’

Californian lilac

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.75m to 1.5m
  • Spread1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPale pink
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Ceanothus ‘Marie Simon’ (Californian lilac). A profusion of panicled pale pink flowers are borne in mid summer to mid autumn along with broadly oval, mid green leaves,

Characteristics

Deciduous, 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
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°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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