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Ceanothus ‘Puget Blue’

Californian lilac

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourBlue
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Ceanothus ‘Puget Blue’ (Californian lilac). This variety is vigorous, with larger, elliptic-oblong leaves, which grow up to 2cm long. It has profuse dark blue flowers, borne in cymes to 3cm.

Characteristics

Deciduous or 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
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°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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