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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.  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 observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Ceanothus maritimus 'Point Sierra'.