Common Name: California Lilac
Botanical Name: Ceanothus spp.
Description: California native; 50-60 species; majority are evergreen perennial shrubs; short-lived as a group
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Drought tolerant
Habit and form: Varies; can be shrubs, low to the ground, mounding or small trees. Leaves can be dark green to variegated.
Flower type: Tiny, produced in large, dense clusters; some are fragrant
Flower color & bloom season: Mostly blue, some are white or pink; blooms; usually blooms in spring
Uses for plant and/or flowers: Attracts bird, hummingbirds, butterflies
Pruning time & method: Varies; prune after flowering; avoid pruning old wood. Can pinch back during growing season to control size
Maintenance tips: Does not like drip irrigation, summer water or soil amendments