Slow to moderate.
4-9' high and 6' wide.
Clusters of small white, pink, or dark blue flowers exude a strong lilac
scent that lasts for weeks.
Late winter, spring or summer.
Flesh on the small, round fruit turns green to red to brown. When the fruit
dries in mid spring, signalling seed maturity, the four-chambered, woody seed capsule
immediately drops from the plant. The capsule springs open weeks or months later, tossing
four tiny, glossy black seeds over a foot-wide area.
Small to medium, oval, thick, medium green or dark green.
New stems are pinkish, older stems are light gray to brown. No thorns for
the species described.
Species of Note:
Ceanothus greggii - Desert Ceanothus. Covered by white flowers when
blooming late winter to early spring, tolerates summer rain, usually ignored by deer.
Ceanothus integerrimus - Deerbrush. Flowers colored white, pink,
or dark blue, blooms mid spring into summer, larger glossy leaves, tolerates
summer rain, browsed by deer.
Ceanothus x 'Blue Jeans' - California Mountain Lilac. Blue flowers,
blooms spring into summer, tolerates high temperatures, summer drought and alkaline soil,
does not tolerate summer rain or irrigation, very tough, ignored by deer.
The seed attracts quail and other ground-feeding birds. The flowers of
C. integerrimus attract bees and butterflies, and may host moth or butterfly caterpillars.
Toxic / Danger:
Native to the Southwestern United States and Mexico.