Californian lilac

Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue'

Californian lilac - Ceanothus  'Autumnal Blue'

Common Name: Californian lilac
Genus: Ceanothus
Cultivar: 'Autumnal Blue'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This handsome evergreen shrub has fluffy clusters of sky-blue flowers from August to October and small glossy bright green leaves.It has a strong upright habit and is ideal for training on a sunny wall or for the back of a south or west-facing shrub border or sunny wall. Although it is one of the hardier varieties of Californian lilac it does needs protection from strong winds.

  • Garden care: In spring remove any dead or damaged stems, cut back some of the main stems to the base and reduce the stems on the previous year's growth to within 2-4 buds of the older wood.


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