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Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point' (Californian Lilac)

Californian Lilac 'Yankee Point', Ceanothus 'Yankee Point', Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Yankee Point'


Fast-growing and durable, Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point' (Californian Lilac) is a low-growing, evergreen shrub noted for its abundant clusters of fluffy China-blue flowers in spring to early summer. The flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the shrub, transforming the plant in an explosion of blue. The blooms are borne on horizontal arching branches clad with shining dark green leaves, 2 in. long (5 cm). Attractive to birds and butterflies, 'Yankee Point' is regarded as one of the best low-growing Ceanothus for use as a large-scale groundcover. It is also useful on banks and slopes or in the foreground in mixed borders. It is the most commonly grown selection in California gardens.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 8-10 ft. wide (240-300 cm).
  • Thrives in fertile, sandy or loamy, well-drained soils in full sun. Appreciates afternoon shade in hot summer areas. Established plants need little summer water. Drought tolerant.
  • Excellent choice as a groundcover, for wall-side borders, bank stabilization or in butterfly gardens.
  • Prune immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by root semi-ripe cuttings in mid to late summer and hardwood cuttings from late fall to midwinter.
  • Keep an eye out for scale insects, honey fungus.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 3 – 10
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ceanothus - California Lilac
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, 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 8 – 11
Heat Zones 3 – 10
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ceanothus - California Lilac
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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