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Ceanothus papillosus

Wart leaf ceanothus

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Features

  • BloomsApril to June
  • Height1m to 3m
  • Spread1.5m to 3m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourDark blue purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Ceanothus papillosus (Wart leaf ceanothus). A tough evergreen shrub or small tree growing to the height of 3m and is native to the coasts of California. Leathery leaves are dark green, oblong to linear and alternate. Racemes of dark bluish-purple flowers are profusely borne in spring.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Origin

U.S.A (California)

Interest and use

Suitable for coastal conditions.

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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

Withstands regular trimming

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to honey fungus and scale insects.

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