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Products > Ceanothus arboreus 'Powder Blue'
Ceanothus arboreus 'Powder Blue' - Powder Blue Ceanothus
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorns)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Ceanothus arboreus 'Powder Blue' (Powder Blue Ceanothus) - A large, bold-textured shrub with 1 1/2 to 3 inch-long leaves and an abundance of pale blue flowers held in teardrop-shaped inflorescences. Plant in full sun along the coast, light shade inland. Hardy to 15°. Plant in full sun to light shade. Hardy to 15° F. Selected in 1991 by Carol Bornstein, former Director of Horticulture for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, from an atypical, low-growing individual on Santa Cruz Island. It was hoped that this selection would retain the small size of the parent plant (3 feet in height), however plants in cultivation attain the same general proportions as the species. The largest plant known in cultivation grew 9 feet tall by 15 feet wide. This cultivar has a voluntary royalty that is paid by participating nurseries to support the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s plant introduction program. The genus name comes from the Greek word keanthos which was used to describe a type of thistle and meaning a "thorny plant" or "spiny plant" and first used by Linnaeus in 1753 to describe New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus. This specific epithet is from the Latin word 'arbos' meaning tree in reference to this being a taller tree-like species. More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction PageInformation displayed on this page about  Ceanothus arboreus 'Powder Blue' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.