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Blue Jeans California Lilac

Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans'

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Blue Jeans California Lilac (Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans') at Roger's Gardens

Blue Jeans California Lilac flowers

Blue Jeans California Lilac flowers

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Blue Jeans California Lilac (Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans') at Roger's Gardens

Blue Jeans California Lilac flowers

Blue Jeans California Lilac flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Other Names:  Holly Leaf Mountain Lilac

Description:

A dense shrub with arching branches and dark green holly-like foliage; a prolific bloomer, with intense lavender-blue flower clusters over a long period; perfect for water-wise gardens and landscapes; very drought tolerant once established

Ornamental Features

Blue Jeans California Lilac is bathed in stunning cymes of lavender star-shaped flowers with blue overtones along the branches from late spring to mid summer. It has attractive dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Jeans California Lilac is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. 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 birds, 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

Blue Jeans California Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Blue Jeans California Lilac will grow to be about 6 feet 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, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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 considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features