Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Ceanothus impressus

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Species Name: Ceanothus impressus
Common Name: Santa Barbara Lilac

Especially deep blue flowers on spreading branches. Requires additional water inland.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Cobalt blue
Distribution: Central Coast
Natural Habitat: Dry sandy mesas and slopes. Less than 600 ft elevation.

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Spreading branching shrub, usually 3 to 5 feet high, but sometimes growing quite tall. Leaves small, dark green and deeply furrowed. Flowers bright blue appearing from February to April A rare species found near the coast in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. One of the most desirable of the wild lilacs; succeeds best in sandy soil. Gallon cans, 75c."
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