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Ceanothus × pallidus 'Marie Simon' (California Lilac)

California Lilac 'Marie Simon'


Enjoying a long blooming season, Ceanothus × pallidus 'Marie Simon' (California Lilac) is a very pretty, rounded shrub prized for its fluffy panicles, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), of fragrant, light pink flowers. Blooming from summer through fall, the flowers are a real delight to butterflies. Borne on wine red stems, they are held above the nicely contrasting foliage of broadly oval, dark glossy leaves. The flowers are followed by ornamental red seed capsules. Fast growing, this beautiful deciduous shrub is cold hardy, tough and adaptable. Ideal for the mixed border and small gardens.

  • Grows with a bushy habit, up to 5 ft. tall and wide (150 cm).
  • Thrives in average, 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 resistant.
  • Excellent background plant for sunny areas, ideal as a specimen plant, wall-side borders, or planted in shrub borders
  • Easy to grow, this plant is difficult to transplant once established.
  • Cut back in spring to encourage a bushy shape

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 11
Heat Zones 8 – 10
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
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 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, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles 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 – 11
Heat Zones 8 – 10
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
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 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, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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