Californian lilac

Ceanothus 'Puget Blue'

Californian lilac - Ceanothus  'Puget Blue'

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

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

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

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April to June

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

In mid-spring this spreading evergreen shrub is an arresting sight smothered in dense clusters of dark blue flowers. It makes a superb specimen plant for a south or west-facing border among spring-flowering bulbs and when it has finished flowering provides an excellent foil for later-flowering deciduous shrubs and perennials. It needs a protected site as the deeply veined dark green leaves are easily scorched by cold drying winds.

  • Garden care: Each year after the plant has flowered reduce the shoots by one third and apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant.

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