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Products > Ceanothus maritimus 'Point Sierra'
 
Ceanothus maritimus 'Point Sierra' - Maritime Ceanothus
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorns)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15° F
Ceanothus maritimus 'Point Sierra' (Maritime Ceanothus) - A selection of Ceanothus maritimus from the hills south of Arroyo de la Cruz in San Luis Obispo County. This slow-growing, long-lived groundcover is 2 to 3 feet tall by up to 5 feet wide. The 1/4 to 1/2 inch-long, leathery, bicolored leaves are ash-green on the upper surface and hairy white below and are tightly held along the flattened stems. The blue-violet flowers emerge from dusty white buds in late winter. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well drained soil and water sparingly for best results. This plant performs best in coastal climates but has also proved successful in inland gardens. Dave Fross selected both ‘Pt. Sierra’ and ‘Frosty Dawn’ at the same location and date in 1985. In the book Ceanothus that he coauthored with Dieter Wilken, he notes that "The arching branches and small-ranked leaves give 'Point Sierra' the appearance of a cotoneaster." This cultivar is noted as being more heat tolerant than the species. The genus name comes from the Greek word keanthos which was used to describe a type of thistle and meaning a "thorny plant" or "spiny plant" and first used by Linnaeus in 1753 to describe New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus. The specific epithet is from the Latin word meaning "of the sea" in reference to where this plant grows.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Ceanothus maritimus 'Point Sierra'.
 
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