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Ceanothus verrucosus

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Species Name: Ceanothus verrucosus
Common Name: White Coast Ceanothus

One of the best white-flowered California lilacs. Good hedge or screen due to tight configuration of leaves and branches.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-8' H x 6-8' W
Growth Habit: Medium-size shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Threatened
Distribution: San Diego County and into Baja, CA
Natural Habitat: Dry hills, mesas; elevation less than 900'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rather small, much branched shrub, becoming very dense and growing to a height of 3 to 8 feet. Small dark green leaves and white flowers borne in long sprays. Flowering period January to March. Called Snowball Lilac because the bushes when in bloom are a veritable ball of white flowers. From the western part of San Diego County. Especially useful where a rather compact shrub is required. Gallon cans, 60c."
Other Names
  • 'Snowball Lilac' in Theodore Payne catalogs.
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