Ceanothus impressus 'Puget Blue'

Common Name:
Santa Barbara ceanothus
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Rhamnaceae (The Buckthorn Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
6-8 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Bright blue
Full sun
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to no watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
Ceanothus impressus is an extremely variable species, with sturdy, closely branched main trunks and stiff but slender, often reddish stems. These are thickly clad with crinkled, deep green leaves, usually a half inch long or less. 'Puget Blue' is an an older selection, once assigned to this species but possibly a hybrid. It has been grown successfully in the Northwest and is considered one of the hardiest and most garden tolerant of the "warty-leaved" ceanothus, with attractively arching branches and clouds of bright lavender-blue flowers in short dense clusters.