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Products > Ceanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay'
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay' - Pt. Reyes Ceanothus

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorns)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Dark Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay' (Anchor Bay Ceanothus) A dense, low-spreading groundcover with slightly arching branches that grows up to 3 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide. The leathery, dark green, holly-like leaves are toothed along the margins and the small but numerous flower clusters are bright blue. 'Anchor Bay' is a garden-tolerant selection of the species that was singled out for its handsome foliage and slightly darker flowers. It is one of the best groundcover ceanothus for coastal sites but does well in inland conditions if given a bit of shade and modest irrigation during the summer months. Hardy to about 15 degrees F. Plants also tolerate salt spray and are less susceptible to deer browse than other ceanothus due to their spiny leaves. This plant is a selection of Ceanothus gloriosus var. gloriosus, the Point Reyes Ceanothus or Glory Mat, which is endemic to coastal bluffs and dunes along the northern California coastline from Marin County north to Mendocino County. It was selected from a group of seedlings by the University of California at Davis Arboretum in the early 1970's from seed collected by Roman Gankin and Andrew Leiser at Anchor Bay in southern Mendocino County and was introduced into the nursery trade by the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in 1976. 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 means "glorious" or "superb".  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Ceanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay'.