Concha ceanothus Ceanothus “Concha”Size: 4 to 6 feet tall Bloom season: Spring Pruning needs: Prune to shape after spring flowering, then little or none. Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month. Snapshot: One of the best California native lilacs for the drought-tolerant garden, Concha looks good year-round with dark green leaves. In spring, this shrub is covered with deep-blue flowers with reddish bracts, making it a favorite for beneficial insects. Ceanothus, nicknamed California native lilacs, aren’t related to “true lilacs” ( Syringa), which are native to southeastern Europe and eastern Asia. Fragrant like their lilac namesake, these California natives thrive with a lot less water. Concha also is an Arboretum All-Star. You can see specimens in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants and Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.
Concha ceanothus Ceanothus “Concha”Size: 4 to 6 feet tall Bloom season: Spring Pruning needs: Prune to shape after spring flowering, then little or none. Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month. Snapshot: One of the best California native lilacs for the drought-tolerant garden, Concha looks good year-round with dark green leaves. In spring, this shrub is covered with deep-blue flowers with reddish bracts, making it a favorite for beneficial insects. Ceanothus, nicknamed California native lilacs, aren’t related to “true lilacs” ( Syringa), which are native to southeastern Europe and eastern Asia. Fragrant like their lilac namesake, these California natives thrive with a lot less water. Concha also is an Arboretum All-Star. You can see specimens in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants and Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus. UC Davis Arboretum
Concha ceanothus Ceanothus “Concha”Size: 4 to 6 feet tall Bloom season: Spring Pruning needs: Prune to shape after spring flowering, then little or none. Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month. Snapshot: One of the best California native lilacs for the drought-tolerant garden, Concha looks good year-round with dark green leaves. In spring, this shrub is covered with deep-blue flowers with reddish bracts, making it a favorite for beneficial insects. Ceanothus, nicknamed California native lilacs, aren’t related to “true lilacs” ( Syringa), which are native to southeastern Europe and eastern Asia. Fragrant like their lilac namesake, these California natives thrive with a lot less water. Concha also is an Arboretum All-Star. You can see specimens in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants and Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus. UC Davis Arboretum

New Front Yard: Concha ceanothus gives native garden the blues

April 26, 2014 12:00 AM

UPDATED October 04, 2014 12:45 AM

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