California Lilac is also known as Ceanothus and is a shrub found in California.  It is an evergreen and drought tolerant.   The pretty shrub is fragrant and colorful. The flowers are bright to light blue and the leaves are glossy green leaves are small.  It is not a real Lilac plant.  The shrub blooms in late spring to early summer.  California Lilac shrubs typically have a life expectancy of 20 – 25 years. In most regions where it is grown, it is low maintenance and easy to grow.  The plant can be grown in many forms such as low growing groundcovers (up to 6-inches) or a shrub that grows 8 to 9 feet. The plant is found in California, Oregon, and Washington. Grow this plant in well-drained, dry soil and in the full sun to get optimal blooms. Deer do enjoy this plant, so take precautions if they are in your area.  Another tip on this plant is that it does not enjoy fertilizer.  It can actually make the plant decline. Another great feature of California Lilac is that it attracts birds, bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

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  • Sep 28

    Is this a perennial? Thanks!

    It is a groundcover rose shrub that is hardy for zones 4 - 11. It does come back every year and is winter hardy.

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