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Ceanothus - California Lilac

Valued for their striking blue flower panicles, Ceanothus (California Lilac) offer almost everything a gardener could wish for in a shrub: free-flowering, lovely foliage, ease of cultivation, drought and salt tolerance. Fast growing, these spectacular North American native shrubs are quite versatile. Some are evergreen and can be grown against walls or as free-standing shrubs. Others are deciduous or prostrate spreading and suitable as ground cover. When a California Lilac bursts into bloom, it is a dazzling sight to anyone.

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Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue' (California Lilac)

Fast-growing, award-winner Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue' (California Lilac) is a bushy, medium-sized evergreen shrub noted for its abundant, fluffy clusters of sky-blue flowers in late summer and early fall. The flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the bush, creating a breathtaking floral display.

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Ceanothus 'Concha' (California Lilac)

Regarded as one of the best California Lilacs for gardens, award-winner Ceanothus 'Concha' is a dense, evergreen shrub noted for its abundant clusters of deep blue flowers in late spring and early summer. Opening from reddish purple buds, the flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the bush, transforming the plant in an explosion of blue.

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Ceanothus 'Dark Star' (California Lilac)

Incredibly showy, award-winner Ceanothus 'Dark Star' (California Lilac) is a spreading, evergreen shrub noted for its abundant clusters of fragrant, dark royal blue flowers in late spring and early summer. The flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the bush, creating a breathtaking floral display.

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Ceanothus 'El Dorado' (California Lilac)

A lovely selection of variegated California Lilac, Ceanothus 'Pershore Zanzibar' is a bushy, evergreen shrub noted for its striking foliage. Adorned with a dark green blotch in their center, the pale greenish-yellow leaves take on a rich gold coloration as the season progresses. They create a lovely contrast with the abundant clusters of light blue flowers which open in late spring and early summer.

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Ceanothus 'Pershore Zanzibar' (California Lilac)

A lovely selection of variegated California Lilac, Ceanothus 'Pershore Zanzibar' is a bushy, evergreen shrub noted for its striking foliage. Adorned with a dark green blotch in their center, the pale greenish-yellow leaves take on a rich gold coloration as the season progresses. They create a lovely contrast with the abundant clusters of light blue flowers which open in late spring and early summer.

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Ceanothus 'Puget Blue' (California Lilac)

Regarded as one of the hardiest California Lilacs for gardens, award-winner Ceanothus 'Puget Blue' is a dense, rounded, evergreen shrub noted for its abundant sprays of luminous, lavender-blue flowers in late spring and early summer. They are produced in such quantities that they literally obscure the foliage. The blooms are borne on gracefully ascending, arching branches clad with small, narrow, dark green leaves.

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Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' (California Lilac)

One of the largest growing California Lilacs, Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' is a vigorous, evergreen shrub or small tree noted for its abundant clusters of radiant medium blue flowers, up to 5 in. long (12 cm), in late spring and early summer. Opening from rosy buds, the sweetly fragrant blooms attract bees, butterflies and birds. They are well displayed against the foliage of large, rounded, dark green leaves.

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Ceanothus 'Skylark' (California Lilac)

Dense and compact, Ceanothus 'Skylark' is a bushy, evergreen shrub noted for its abundant clusters of cerulean blue flowers in late spring and early summer. The flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the bush, creating a breathtaking floral display. The blooms are borne on branches clad with finely toothed, glossy dark green leaves.

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Ceanothus 'Tuxedo' (California Lilac)

A striking selection of California Lilac, Ceanothus 'Tuxedo' is a bushy, evergreen shrub noted for its amazing near black, shiny foliage. The dark leaves create a fascinating contrast with the abundant clusters, 3 in. long (7 cm), of lavender blue flowers. This hybrid California Lilac blooms in late summer to fall, later than most ceanothus varieties.

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Ceanothus 'Victoria' (California Lilac)

Regarded as one of the hardiest of the California Lilacs, Ceanothus 'Victoria' is a vigorous, bushy, evergreen shrub noted for its abundant clusters of brilliant indigo blue flowers in late spring and early summer. The flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the bush, creating a breathtaking floral display.

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Ceanothus (California Lilac)

Ceanothus, commonly known as California Lilac, offers almost everything a gardener could wish for in a shrub: free-flowering, lovely foliage, ease of cultivation, drought and salt tolerance. Fast growing, these desirable shrubs draw attention with their stunning blue, white or pink flowers. When a California Lilac bursts into bloom, it is a breathtaking sight to behold.

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

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.

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Ceanothus × pallidus 'Marie Simon' (California Lilac)

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.

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Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

Low-growing, Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea) is a bushy, upright, deciduous shrub boasting oval clusters of tiny, fragrant, white flowers in spring. Lasting over a moderately extended period, they rise from the leaf axils at the end of the new shoots and attract butterflies in search of nectar.

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Ceanothus arboreus 'Trewithen Blue' (California Lilac)

Magnificent, award-winner Ceanothus arboreus 'Trewithen Blue' is a large, spreading, evergreen shrub noted for its abundant clusters, 5 in. long (12 cm), of fragrant, deep blue flowers in late spring and early summer. The flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the bush, creating a breathtaking floral display.

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