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Ceanothus × delilianus ‘Gloire de Versailles’

Californian lilac

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  • Ceanothus × delilianus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
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Features

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

Description

Ceanothus × delilianus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ (Californian lilac). This is a bushy deciduous shrub, with alternate, oval and finely toothed dark green leaves. It bears pale blue flowers, in large terminal and axillary panicles, from midsummer to autumn.

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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  • Ceanothus × delilianus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
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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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