Ceanothus cuneatus var. cuneatus

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Species Name: Ceanothus cuneatus var. cuneatus
Common Name: Buckbrush

Very common local CA lilac found in the Santa Monica Mts, Verdugos, San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mts. Tough, drought-tolerant,, and a good bloomer. Recommended as informal hedge or specimen.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10' H x 5-8' W
Growth Habit: Upright, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, serpentine
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California, except the Central Valley, also found in Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Dry fans, slopes, ridges below 5500'

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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 dense branching shrub 5 to 12 feet high, with small dark green oblong leaves and white flowers. Flowering period February to April. Very attractive when not in bloom as a foliage shrub. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.