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Ceanothus cuneatus (Buckbrush)

Buckbrush, Buckbrush Ceanothus, Blue Brush, Cuneate Ceanothus, Wedgeleaf Ceanothus


Ceanothus cuneatus (Buckbrush) is a rounded to sprawling, evergreen shrub boasting a profusion of rounded clusters of tiny, fragrant creamy-white flowers in early to mid summer. The flowers are sometimes tinted strongly with blue or lavender. The flowers give way to small capsules, which contain three shiny dark seeds. They will be dispersed when the capsule explodes and propels them some distance. Birds and small mammals feed on the seeds. The small bluish-green leaves are stiff and fleshy, and may be slightly toothed along the edges. Due to its fast-growing nature and nitrogen-fixing capabilities, Buckbrush is an excellent pioneer species for new landscapes. It is also a valuable evergreen shrub for pollinator hedgerows. Buckbrush is an important species for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Is also an important cover species for wildlife, due to its size and abundance of branchlets.

  • Grows up to 5-12 ft. tall and wide (150-360 cm).
  • Thrives in dry, rocky, sharply drained soils in full sun. Tolerates serpentine soils. Drought tolerant.
  • Excellent plant for bank stabilization, hedges, bird gardens, butterfly gardens, bee gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer Resistant
  • Propagate by seed (after scarification and stratification), semi-hard cuttings in the summer, or root cuttings in the late fall to early winter.
  • Native to California and Oregon.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ceanothus - California Lilac
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 5' – 12' (150cm – 3.6m)
Spread 5' – 12' (150cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 60" – 144" (150cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ceanothus - California Lilac
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 5' – 12' (150cm – 3.6m)
Spread 5' – 12' (150cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 60" – 144" (150cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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