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Palmer Lilac
Ceanothus palmeri
  
About Palmer Lilac (Ceanothus palmeri) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Palmer Lilac (Ceanothus palmeri) is a native shrub that grows in California, primarily in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and Peninsular Range regions. It tends to grow in dry slopes, at elevations from 3000-6000 feet. Form is mostly upright though sometimes more rounded. Flowers are usually white but can be light blue to lavender.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
6 - 11 ft tall
4 - 6 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded, Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen, Summer Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Lavender, Blue

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Bees

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Never irrigate once established

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -20 - -10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a wide variety of soils

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants

Maintenance
Maintenance
Tolerates light pruning

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: Hot water and 2.5-3 mos. stratification.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 18*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 8.2" - 58.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 3.08", Coldest Month: 38.2" - 53.7", Hottest Month: 60.7" - 82.0", Humidity: 0.89" - 33.57", Elevation: 36" - 7449"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Palmer Ceanothus


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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