Lilacs, or Ceanothus,
are some of our most fragrant and colorful
shrubs here in California. They are also evergreen and very
tolerant. They make excellent hedges!
The myth of Ceanothus being short lived
is primarily spread by incompetent gardeners that insist on drip irrigation,
water and soil amendments. California native plants hate all
three. Expect a 20-25 year life from your Ceanothus in most
are notorious for being loved by deer.
However, this is not entirely
true. Without water or fertilizer a Ceanothus looks much less
appetizing to a deer. Some species are still viewed as candy in
where deer populations are high. But many are OK in low or medium
areas. If you have high deer problems stick with your local
species and whatever you do, don't water after the first