Ceanothus oliganthus var. oliganthus

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Species Name: Ceanothus oliganthus var. oliganthus
Common Name: Hairy-leaf Ceanothus

A southern California Ceanothus found on north facing slopes. Long flowering season. Does well in heavy soils. Drought tolerant and can be planted with oaks.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4-10' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Deep blue
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo
Natural Habitat: Canyon slopes below 4,500'

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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 medium sized or sometimes tall shrub, 5 to 12 feet high. Young branches reddish brown and hairy. Leaves dark green, somewhat hairy. Flowers light to deep blue. Flowering period February to April. Desirable for screen or background planting. Gallon cans, 60c."
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