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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 PageThe information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Ceanothus 'Wheeler Canyon'.