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Ceanothus impressus

Santa Barbara ceanothus

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Features

  • BloomsMay to October
  • Height1m to 1.75m
  • Spread1.5m to 3m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourDark blue-mauve
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Ceanothus impressus (Santa Barbara ceanothus). A broad spreading bushy evergreen shrub native to the United States. Bears cymes of dark blue-mauve flowers; it's leaves are round to elliptic and alternate.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

United States

Interest and use

Banks, hedging, specimen. Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • 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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