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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Louis Edmunds'

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Species Name: Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Louis Edmunds'
Common Name: Louis Edmunds California Lilac

Fast growing CA lilac tolerates clay soils and some summer water. Recommended for erosion control on slopes. Excellent as clipped hedge.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6' H x 12' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multibranching
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: Spring
Flower Color: Bright sky blue
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected for the garden (hybrid of C thyrsiflorus and C. griseus)
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, Coastal sage scrub

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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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