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Commonly known as California lilac, Redroot
Genus of about 55 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs mostly from western North America, centring on California, but also from eastern America and Mexico.
Seeds can remain dormant for centuries and in nature the hard coats rely on fire for germination.
All are attractive to bees.
EvergreenDark, purplish-green foliage.
HeightTo 1.2m (4ft), lower as freestanding shrub.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightArching stems.
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Full sunWith shelter from cold winds. Most do well trained against a wall.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowGood for growing on a sunny bank. Wildlife plant - insects, butterflies.Pests & Diseaseshoney fungus.Place of originGarden origin. New Zealand.
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Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilFree draining sandy soil
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant
to 1.2m (4ft), lower as freestanding shrub.
CEANOTHUS thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'
CEANOTHUS 'Autumnal Blue'
ABUTILON 'Canary Bird'
Buy Varieties of CEANOTHUS
sky blue flowers, glossy foliage
dense clusters of bright blue flowers
deepest blue California lilac. A most striking plant
small ovate leaves and honey scented deep purplish-blue flowers
dark blue flowers in terminal and lateral panicles
pale blue, deciduous
small toothed leaves and indigo flowers. Prostrate habit
bright blue flowers, upright growing
sky blue flowers with dainty foliage
bushy, deciduous shrub with frothy, pink flowers
profuse bright rose-pink flowers, deciduous
vigorous low spreading habit and terminal clusters of light or darker blue flowers. Ideal for growing on a bank or in coastal conditions
upright, rounded shrub with fragrant white flowers
deep blue flowers over a long period from spring to summer