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Ceanothus arboreus

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Ceanothus arboreus
Ceanothus arboreus
Ceanothus arboreus
Ceanothus arboreus
Ceanothus arboreus
Ceanothus arboreus

Species Name: Ceanothus arboreus
Common Name: Feltleaf or Catalina Ceanothus

The largest of the California lilacs, this species can be shaped into a small tree. Great if you want an evergreen flowering tree for a courtyard or patio. Tolerates clay soils. Deer will browse on it.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 15-25' H x 12' W
Growth Habit: Upright, dense growth
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Pale blue to white
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Catalina, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands
Natural Habitat: Dry hills of the Channel Islands, found to 1000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Large shrub and small tree 12 to 25 feet high. Leaves large, broadly ovate, generally 2 to 3 inches long, dull green, white tomentose on the underside. Flowers in large spikes, lavender blue and very fragrant. Flowering period February to April. From the islands off the coast of Southern California. A very desirable shrub for tall screen planting, can also be trained to a single stem and grown as a tree. Gallon cans, 50c.; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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