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botanical name:
Ceanothus impressus
Ceanothus impressus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  California Lilac, Santa Barbara Ceanothus
family:  Rhamnaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 1.20m
width: 1.80m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: blue
fruit colour: brown
stem/bark: black
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
Dense, upright to spreading evergreen shrub. Small glossy dark green leaves up to about 1cm long. Deep blue flowerheads in spring, later followed by small black fruits.

Most well drained soils, but not very chalky ones. Prefers full sun. Reasonably frost hardy, best in a sheltered position in cool areas. Drought tolerant.

By semi-ripe cuttings taken from mid-summer to autumn - can be tricky, a little bottom heat may help.

Good wall shrub.

other notes:
Native to southern California.

pronounced: see-a-NO-thus im-PRES-sus
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