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Ceanothus 'Puget Blue' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Blue in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Californian lilac 'Puget Blue'

Family

Rhamnaceae


Ceanothus can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees, with simple leaves and small blue, pink or white flowers in profuse axillary or terminal clusters. They are fast-growing but may be short-lived

'Puget Blue' is a medium-sized evergreen shrub of upright habit, with small, dark green, narrow leaves. Flowers deep rich blue in conical or oblong panicles, in late spring and early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from strong, cold winds. Lime tolerant but may become chlorotic on shallow chalk soils

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Root semi-ripe cuttings in mid to late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8 after flowering or pruning group 13 if wall trained

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Susceptible to honey fungus