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Ceanothus × delileanus 'Gloire de Versailles' (California Lilac)

California Lilac 'Gloire de Versailles'


Enjoying a long blooming season, award-winner Ceanothus × delileanus 'Gloire de Versailles' (California Lilac) is a vigorous, rounded shrub prized for its large panicles, up to 5 in. long (12 cm), of fragrant, powder blue flowers. Blooming from spring through fall, the flowers are a real delight to butterflies. Borne on reddish stems, they are held above the nicely contrasting foliage of broadly oval, light green leaves. The flowers are followed by showy clusters of red berries. Fast growing, this beautiful deciduous shrub is a French hybrid resulting from crossing Ceanothus americanus (native to eastern U.S.) and Ceanothus coeruleus (native to Mexico).

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows with a light, open habit, up to 3-5 ft. tall and wide (90-150 cm).
  • Thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Appreciates afternoon shade in hot summer areas. Provide a sheltered position. Drought tolerant, but looks most spectacular with regular irrigation.
  • Deer and salt resistant.
  • Excellent background plant for sunny areas, ideal as a specimen plant, wall-side borders, hedges and screens or planted in shrub borders.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is difficult to transplant once established.
  • Cut back in fall or early spring to encourage a bushy shape
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings
  • Watch for scale insects, honey fungus and Phytophthora root disease.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 5, 6, 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, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, 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 6 – 10
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 5, 6, 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, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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