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Ceanothus 'Wheeler Canyon' - Wild Lilac

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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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
Parentage: (Ceanothus papillosus var. roweanus hybrid)
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Ceanothus 'Wheeler Canyon' (Wheeler Canyon Ceanothus) – A broadly vase-shaped, evergreen shrub 4 to 6 feet tall with a 4 to 8 foot spread. Its narrow, inch-long, glossy leaves have a crinkled texture and the 2-inch long clusters of rich blue flowers emerge from burgundy-colored buds and bracts in early spring. Best suited to coastal conditions but can also be grown in warmer inland sites when given periodic deep watering in summer. Plant in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil. Hardy to 15 degrees F. ‘Wheeler Canyon’ is effective on banks and slopes, as a backdrop in mixed borders, or as an informal hedge. The original plant was discovered along the roadside in Wheeler Gorge, Ventura County, by Horticulturist Dara Emery of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. It was introduced by the garden in the early 1980s. It is thought to be a Ceanothus papillosus var. roweanus hybrid. 'Wheeler Canyon' and 'Concha' are easily confused but 'Wheeler Canyon' has lighter blue flowers, a slightly broader leaf, smaller overall size, and perhaps greater cold tolerance. We grew this plant from 1982 until 2014. More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction Page Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, 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 where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome 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 would aid others in growing Ceanothus 'Wheeler Canyon'.