Ceanothus impressus
Common name: 
Santa Barbara Ceanothus
Pronunciation: 
se-a-NO-thus im-PRES-sus
Family: 
Rhamnaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m), wider than high, rigid branches, fast growing.  Leaves opposite, simple, very small, about 6 mm, some twice that, round to oblong, margin strongly turned under, generally minutely toothed, glandular or not, wrinkled upper surface, dark green.  Flowers bright, deep blue, in ball-like clusters, 1.0-2.5 cm. Fruit a capsule, generally 4 mm, subglobose, deeply 3-lobed; valves crested.
  • Sun, drought tolerant, best if grown with little or no summer water, need good drainage.   Pinch tips to induce bushiness.  Attracts bees. Several cultivars available.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (7)8         Native to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in California.
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    plant habit, flowering

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    large plant, flowering

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    flower clusters and leaves

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    flowering branch

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