Ceanothus sanguineus
Common name: 
Redstem Ceanothus
Buckbrush
Oregon-tea
Pronunciation: 
see-a-NO-thus san-gwin-EE-us
Family: 
Rhamnaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Deciduous shrub, erect, 3-10 ft (0.9-3 m) tall, loosely branched, branches red or purplish.  Leaves alternate, simple, 3-10 cm long, broadly ovate to elliptic, thin, margins serrate, dark green glabrous above, pubescent on veins on the underside, 3 veins at base, petiole 2.5 cm long.  Flowers small, 3-5 mm, white or pinkish, in clusters up to 4 cm long.  Fruit is a 3-lobed smooth capsule, 4 mm long.
  • Sun or partial shade; does well on dry or moist well-drained soil.  After leaf fall, the reddish stems are attractive in the winter landscape.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7    Native from southern British Columbia to northern California, eastward to Idaho and Montana.
  • sanguineus: blood red, a reference to the reddish flower stalks.
  • Dallas, Oregon: Delbert Hunter Arboretum
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