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Ceanothus dentatus

Santa Barbara ceanothus

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitBranched oval
  • Flower ColourDark blue
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Ceanothus dentatus (Santa Barbara ceanothus). A densely branched spreading shrub native to the United States. Bears dark green, oblong to elliptic toothed leaves and cymes of small dark blue flowers in late spring.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Cropleaf ceanothus

Origin

United States

Interest and use

Grown for their small but densely clustered, mainly blue flowers. Attractive to bees.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilChalky
  • 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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