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Ceanothus spp.

California Lilac

Wild Lilac, Redroot, New Jersey Tea
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Ceanothus spp.
Principal Common Name California Lilac
Common Name(s) Wild Lilac, Redroot, New Jersey Tea
Synonym
Description Some species grow in northwest US, eastern US, Rockies, and Mexico but most are California native plants with upright or prostrate form. Many are evergreen shrubs to small trees, sometimes spiny. Panicles of small blue to white flowers.
General Comments Most Ceanothus are evergreen but there are a few who drop leaves in cold weather. They can get aphids but easily controlled.
Origin
Nativity California and Mexico
Height Range 1 - 24 FT
Spread Range 2 - 17 FT
Flower Showy Y
Warning
Sunset Zones 5 : 6 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b
Leaf Color Dark Green
Leaf Texture Coarse : Leathery : Shiny
Form Shrub
Flower Color Blue : Bright blue : Deep Blue : Medium Blue : White
Flower Time Spring
Months
Ease of Growing Average : Difficult
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Loose : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : None : Sparse
Outstanding Features Attracts Bees : Attracts Birds : Color : Drought tolerant : Flower : Form

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