California Wild Lilac (Ceanothus americanus)

California Wild Lilac (Ceanothus americanus)

Ceanothus, ‘California wild lilac’, is known for its wonderful spring floral display.  Flower colors are either white or shades of purple-blue, while height can range from a foot or two to twenty feet.  ‘Ray Hartman’ and ‘Cliff Schmidt’ are among the tallest of the Ceanothus, attaining heights of twelve to twenty feet.

California Wild Lilac (Ceanothus Dark Star)

Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’

‘Dark Star’ and ‘Concha’ are among the varieties that grow four to six feet. Both have profuse brilliant violet blue flowers in the spring. ‘Yankee Point’ is a popular three to four foot ground cover.  A much lower growing ground cover is ‘Heart’s Desire’.