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Ceanothus incanus

Coast white thorn

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Features

  • BloomsApril to August
  • Height1m to 3m
  • Spread2m to 4m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourCreamy white
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Ceanothus incanus (Coast white thorn). A spreading, branched evergreen shrub native to California in the United States. Toothed grey green leaves are alternately arranged, broadly elliptic or ovate. Faintly fragranced panicles of creamy white flowers appear in mid spring.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

United States (California)

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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