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Santa Barbara California Lilac*

Ceanothus impressus

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Santa Barbara California Lilac (Ceanothus impressus) at Shonnard's Nursery

Santa Barbara California Lilac flowers

Santa Barbara California Lilac flowers

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Santa Barbara California Lilac (Ceanothus impressus) at Shonnard's Nursery

Santa Barbara California Lilac in bloom

Santa Barbara California Lilac in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Description:

A dense lower growing shrub with dark green glossy foliage; beautiful sky blue flower clusters add color in the spring; perfect for screening and spring color along borders

Ornamental Features

Santa Barbara California Lilac is bathed in stunning cymes of sky blue star-shaped flowers along the branches from late spring to early summer. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Santa Barbara California Lilac is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Santa Barbara California Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Santa Barbara California Lilac will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features