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Ceanothus leucodermis

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Ceanothus leucodermis
Ceanothus leucodermis
Ceanothus leucodermis
Ceanothus leucodermis

Species Name: Ceanothus leucodermis
Common Name: Chaparral Whitethorn

Very drought tolerant shrub. Recommended as informal screen. Excellent for erosion control on steep slopes. Good wildlife value. Tough and hardy. Native to the mountains surrounding the L.A. Basin.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-12' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Upright, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White/Blue
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Sierra Nevada Foothills, San Francisco Bay Area, South Coast Range, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Range, Baja
Natural Habitat: Dry rocky or sandy slopes below 6000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A spreading bush 5 to 12 feet high with somewhat arching branches and glaucous stems and foliage. Flowers in medium sized spikes, pale smokey blue, sometimes white. Flowering period March to May. Found in foothills and mountains up to 5,000 feet elevation. Gallon cans, 60c."
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