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Ceanothus americanus

Californian lilac

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Features

  • BloomsApril to August
  • Height0.5m to 1m
  • Spread1m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Ceanothus americanus (Californian lilac). This species is a deciduous shrub with broadly ovate green leaves. The flowers are produced in spikes of white blooms in the spring. It can grow to a height of about 1m.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

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)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

Grow in fertile well-drained soil with full sun, you will need to shelter from strong winds.

Propagation

Sow the seeds in an open frame in the autumn, or by semi-ripe cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for honey fungus.

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