Ceanothus crassifolius

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Species Name: Ceanothus crassifolius
Common Name: Hoary-leaf Ceanothus

Stunning white blooms in spring. Found locally in the Verdugo, San Gabriel, Santa Monica and San Bernardino Mtns. Thick olive-green leaves are woolly underneath. Highly recommended for erosion control.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-12' H x 8' W
Growth Habit: Multi-branched, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Outer South Coast Range, Transverse Range, Peninsular Range, Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Dry ridges, slopes below 3700'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: " A much branched shrub of rather rigid growth 5 to 12 feet high. Leaves thick, opposite, dull green, white tomentose on under side. Flowers white; blooms from December to March. Gallon cans, 60c."
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