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Products > Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Snow Flurry'
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Snow Flurry' - Snow Flurry Ceanothus
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorns)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 8-10 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15° F
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. thyrsiflorus 'Snow Flurry' (Snow Flurry Ceanothus) - A rapid-growing shrub or small tree that can quickly become 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide and under favorable conditions can get considerably bigger with stems sometimes rooting to form large thickets. Its large, glossy leaves provide a dark green backdrop to the pure white, 2 to 3 inch-long flower clusters that appear in spring.

Although ideally suited to coastal sites, ‘Snow Flurry’ does well in hot inland areas when grown in part shade. With occasional pruning, this cultivar can be maintained as a small tree or tall screen. It is drought tolerant, particularly along the coast, but also tolerates modest summer watering and heavy soils. Reliably hardy to 15° F and can survive, with some leaf and stem damage, to 10° F. This wonderful selection is the most commonly planted of the white flowering ceanothus. 'Snow Flurry' was collected in 1975 along the Big Sur coast by Joe Solomone, who introduced it in 1977. We first started offering it in 1982.

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. The specific epithet means flowers in a thyrse, which is a compact cylindrical or ovate panicle with an indeterminate main axis and cymose sub-axes. 

This information about Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Snow Flurry' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.