Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus

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Species Name: Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus
Common Name: Big-Pod Ceanothus

Native to the Santa Monica Mountains. Very drought tolerant, long-blooming and attractive. Superior wildlife value. Recommended for erosion control near the coast.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4-12' H x 8-12' W
Growth Habit: Erect, upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
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-pale lavender
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Central Coast, Outer South Coast Range, Southern Channel Islands (Catalina Island)
Natural Habitat: Dry shrubby slopes, canyons, near coast below 2500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Of dense branching habit, 6 to 12 feet high, with small dark green foliage. Long sprays of white flowers. The earliest of the wild lilacs to bloom. In mild winters with early rains, it is often in bloom before Christmas. Found in dense masses on hillsides and when covered with the white flowers, looks as though the bushes were all flecked with snow. Gallon cans, 60c."
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.