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Ceanothus 'Dark Star' - Dark Star Ceanothus

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorns)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Dark Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (C. impressus x C. papillosus var. roweanus)
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Ceanothus 'Dark Star' (Dark Star Ceanothus) - A dense, vase-shaped shrub growing quickly to about 6 feet tall by 8 feet wide with very small, deep green leaves that have a dimpled surface. When the dark, cobalt-blue flower clusters bloom in spring, the overall effect is breathtaking. Plant in full sun and provide good drainage. Requires little or no water in summer. It is hardy to 15 degrees F. Best suited to coastal gardens where it is one of the showiest and most popular cultivars of California lilac - useful as a beautiful informal screen or a feature shub. Noted as less attractive to predation by deer but still eaten when they get hungry. This cultivar was introduced by Ken Taylor in 1971, who selected it from seelings planted in his Aromas, California garden in 1968. It is believed to be a cross between the Santa Barbara Ceanothus, Ceanothus impressus and Ceanothus papillosus var. roweanus (now considered to just be a compact form of Ceanothus papillosus). 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. We have grown this great plant since 1983.  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 'Dark Star'.