Ceanothus tomentosus var. olivaceus

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Ceanothus tomentosus var. olivaceus
Ceanothus tomentosus var. olivaceus
Ceanothus tomentosus var. olivaceus

Species Name: Ceanothus tomentosus var. olivaceus
Common Name: Woollyleaf ceanothus

Large shrub. Heavy bloomer with a good growth rate. Nice specimen plant. Excellent local specimen.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-12' H x 4-8' W
Growth Habit: Upright, 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: Spring
Flower Color: Blue
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: South Coast Ranges, San Bernardino Mtns, Peninsular Range, Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Foothills and mountains below 3,500'

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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 shrub 4 to 8 feet high, with rather slender branches and reddish brown bark. Leaves olive green, tomentose on the under side. Flowers light to bright blue appearing from February to April. Found in San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. Gallon cans, 75c."
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