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Frosty Dawn Maritime Ceanothus

Ceanothus maritimus 'Frosty Dawn'

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Frosty Dawn Maritime Ceanothus (Ceanothus maritimus 'Frosty Dawn') at Roger's Gardens

Frosty Dawn Maritime Ceanothus foliage

Frosty Dawn Maritime Ceanothus foliage

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  California Lilac


A very dense, low growing groundcover with dark green glossy foliage that discourages weeds; beautiful lavender-blue flower clusters add color in late winter; perfect for border edges and rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Frosty Dawn Maritime Ceanothus is bathed in stunning cymes of lavender star-shaped flowers along the branches from late winter to early spring. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Frosty Dawn Maritime Ceanothus is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Frosty Dawn Maritime Ceanothus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Frosty Dawn Maritime Ceanothus will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features