Ceanothus Celestial Blue is a very
blue,sometimes purple, (with some red-flowered) California lilac with a
light fragrance that smells edible (a grape tart). This is a medium
bush, that could be utilized as a medium screen or an accent, as has
been done with 'Julia Phelps', and grows well in decomposed granite. This is
a hybrid of probably 'Julia Phelps' or Concha and Ceanothus impressus. It appeared near one of our shade houses and was named for co-owner Celeste Wilson of Las Pilitas Nursery.
Height is 5-6 ft. and width is 8 feet.
The most fluorescent Ceanothus we've seen. There is a
flower on the plant 9-10 months of the year, and when the bush explodes
in summer it's abuzz with color and life. Hardy to about 0 degrees F. A
very attractive Mountain Lilac that came up from seed behind one of our
greenhouses. After 10 years of massive purple/blue flower shows and the
plant staying good-looking we starting growing it. (If a plant can hang
around here for more that a few years and survive, we should probably
The myth of Ceanothus being short lived is primarily spread by
incompetent gardeners that insist on applying drip irrigation, summer water and soil
amendments. Most California native plants hate all three. Expect a 20-25 year life in most gardens. Click here for
more about Mountain Lilacs.
Ceanothus 'Celestial Blue' tolerates sand.
Ceanothus 'Celestial Blue' is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Ceanothus 'Celestial Blue' has color green, is evergreen and has fragrance.
Flower of Ceanothus 'Celestial Blue' has color violet and has a fragrance.
Communities for Ceanothus 'Celestial Blue':Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub.