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Including Ceanothus x pallidus ‘Marie Simon’, and Ceanothus x delileanus ‘Gloire de Versailles’

Ceanothus


Ceanothus ‘Concha’  full sun
California Lilac
Ceanothus  Concha

One of the oldest and most dazzling of all Ceanothus hybrids, ‘Concha’ premiers a spectacular spring display of deep cobalt blue clustered flowers unfurling from tight pinkish red buds. Gracefully arching branches can withstand light pruning and are clad in lustrous, small dark green textured leaves, which etch an attractive evergreen foil.

Persisting some 15 to 25 years in a well-drained site with little or no irrigation, but amiable to minimal summer water and heavier soils, this adaptable Ceanothus can be employed as a dense hedge, a specimen shrub or for erosion control on slopes. Birds savor its seeds and seek its stately shelter, while Mediterraneans make worthy companions.

Blooms April – May.

Size: 5' 0"–7' 0" high x 6' 0"–10' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.

Ceanothus ‘Concha’ (S-0561)
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Ceanothus x delileanus ‘Gloire de Versailles’  full sun
Ceanothus x delileanus Gloire de Versailles Ceanothus x delileanus Gloire de Versailles

The large, glossy green foliage of this relaxed-looking Ceanothus creates an excellent foil for the profuse powdery blue flowers. More so than other species in the genus, this one will tolerate summer irrigation. Try it in the mixed border with white Lavender or yellow blooming Buddleja ‘Honeycomb’ and you’ll see why it came to be called the ‘Glory of Versailles’.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Ceanothus x delileanus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ (S-0191)
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Ceanothus x pallidus ‘Marie Simon’  full sun
New Jersey Tea
Ceanothus pallidus Marie Simon

The heritage of this versatile hybrid is uncertain, but her reputation as a flirty, long blooming semi-evergreen is widespread. Amid speculation about an additional cross between x delileanus and the eastern species, Ceanothus ovatus, ‘Marie Simon’ is not adversely affected by summer watering, which is unusual for a Ceanothus.

Try planting her in the mixed border, where she flaunts a decidedly feminine display of fluffy rose-pink panicles and ornamental red seed capsules cushioned by wine-colored stems and long, serrated leaves.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 5' 0" high x 5' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Ceanothus x pallidus ‘Marie Simon’ (S-0246)
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