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Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' (Small Leaf Mountain Lilac)

Small Leaf Mountain Lilac


Beautiful, fragrant and very rewarding, Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' (Small Leaf Mountain Lilac) is a densely branched evergreen shrub noted for its abundant clusters of deep cobalt-blue flowers in mid to late spring. Attracting bees and butterflies, the blossoms are so profuse that they literally cover the shrub for an outstanding display. Forming a large mound, its stiff branches are clothed with tiny dark green leaves, 1/2 in. long (1 cm), that are heavily wrinkled. Perfect for the waterwise or xeric landscape, Julia Phelps Ceanothus offers gorgeous possibilities as an ornamental. It is well suited as a background shrub, screen and slope plantings. One of the most popular Ceanothus cultivar grown in California gardens, it also provides seeds as well as cover for birds.

  • Grows with a dense, rounded habit, up to 6-8 ft. tall and wide (180-240 cm). May grow up to 12 ft. wide (360 cm).
  • Thrives in well-drained soils in full sun. Requires good drainage and low to non-existent summer irrigation. Sensitive to too much water. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Excellent plant for sunny areas, banks and slopes, hedges and screens
  • Easy to grow, this plant is difficult to transplant once established.

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Requirements

Hardiness 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 Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, 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 – 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 Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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