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Common name: Californian lilac

A mature Ceanothus in full flower is an impressive sight, whether clothed in characteristic blue, or the more unusual pink or white. These deciduous or evergreen shrubs look particularly good grown or trained against a sunny, sheltered wall, but can also be used as border plants, informal hedges and ground cover.

Growing guide

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Spring-flowering Ceanothus

Summer and autumn-flowering Ceanothus

Ceanothus for colour

Ceanothus for informal hedges

Ceanothus for ground cover

Ceanothus for variegated foliage

Ceanothus for scent

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Useful advice

Brown scale

Brown scale

Climbers and wall shrubs: pruning established plants

Climbers and wall shrubs: pruning established plants

Frost damage

Frost damage

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