We love Ceanothus! Blue spring flowers buzzing with bees, evergreen leaves and easy care make it one of our favorites. What makes it even better is that Ceanothus doesn't grow just anywhere.
What makes it even better is that Ceanothus doesn't grow just anywhere. We in Portland are fortunate to live in one of the blessed places where Ceanothus will thrive. The West Coast from British Columbia to California has temperatures that are low enough in summer and mild enough in winter to support this plant, and indeed most species of Ceanothus originate in California and southwest Oregon.
There are so many types of Ceanothus we can't come close to listing them all, but here is a sampling of varieties we commonly carry at Portland Nursery. (You can also find many native Ceanothus)
Darkest blue flowers bloom in spring and again in summer, glossy dark evergreen leaves, low ground cover shape. Grows 12" x 6-8', sun-part shade, Hardy 5-10f
Bright blue flowers against tiny dark green holly leaves. Grows 2' tall x 8-10' wide and is a tough drought tolerant ground cover. Hardy 15f
Pale blue flowers & round shiny gold & green leaves make 'Diamond Heights' a really nice addition to containers and border plantings. Grows 12" tall x 5-6' wide, Hardy 20f
Pink buds & darkest blue flowers against crinkled evergreen leaves. Pruning when young makes a more dense shrub and siting the plant away from cold winter wind is best. Grows 6' x 8', sun, Hardy 5-10f
Excellent dark blue flowers & crinkled evergreen leaves. Grows fast to 6-8' x 6-8' wide, sun, Hardy 5-10f.
Evergreen leaves are glossy chocolate brown, purple & green, very nice. Lilac purple flowers in mid summer. Grows a bit slower than the rest, 6' x 4'. Sun-pt shade, Hardy 10f.
Blue flowers in April-May, tiny dark crinkled evergreen leaves & dense habit. Grows 4-6' x 4-6', sun, Hardy 5-10f.
Easily the most popular Ceanothus we sell, Victoria has showy dark blue flowers in May & glossy evergreen leaves. It's very versatile, taking pruning and training very well. It can be kept as a narrow hedge, trained over an arbor, limbed up into a tree form or allowed to grow as it pleases. The variety 'Skylark' is very similar. Grows 6-9' x 8-10', sun-part shade. Hardy 5-10f.
Read up on some of our favorite shrubs and remember, this is only a smattering of the variety of shrubs we carry all year long! Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.