California Lilac

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Don't miss this hot plant! Garden designers love featuring the amazing deep blue flowers on low-maintenance shrubs in designs for their high-end clients. No wonder, California Lilac (Ceanothus gloriosus) is considered one of the best of this diverse family of 60 species of native, nitrogen-fixing, drought-tolerant plants!

Also known as the Point Reyes Wild Lilac, this Ceanothus family member is low-growing, versatile, and a very xeric plant! And these days, the popularity of these stunning, hardy West Coast natives is skyrocketing. They truly are easy care!

In the spring, the plant is covered in reddish-purple buds that will mature into a mass of rich, deep blue flower clusters. The flowers are absolutely stunning from a distance and when studied up close in the garden. There are not many plants that match the intense blue flower display of the Ceanothus in the spring. The intense spring display of light blue flower power is almost unmatched in nature. Cut a few branches for indoor tablescapes, as well.

People are really waking up to the design potential of xeriscape natives and you'll love watching your water bill drop after planting these water-wise plants! You'll also love supporting local pollinators, butterflies, and Hummingbirds with the nectar from the outstanding deep blue, long-lasting blooms. Mockingbirds, finches, and quail love California Lilac for both the cover it provides and the seeds it produces. Deer, on the other hand, seem to find it pretty unappetizing, especially when it's grown in a water-wise manner.

But of course, you'll also adore the ornamental features of the Point Reyes Wild Lilac and its glossy green leaves that stick around all year long, even when not in bloom. The interesting foliage is thick, elliptical to nearly round, 2-5 cm long, margin heavily toothed, dark green, pale, and hairy beneath.

Planting and Application:

Use the California Lilac as an excellent focal point in the landscape to capture the eye for up to 4 weeks in the spring. When used as a specimen, it can be pruned to maintain any width you desire. Plus you'll enjoy pollinator-friendly living groundcover and flowering mulch to fill in the wide open and bare spots throughout the Sun garden! It is excellent low-growing en masse plantings, and perfect for sand dunes and steep coastal banks.

Californa Lilac can be an important plant to help protect your property from the ravages of wildfire because this native plant is recommended for use as part of the defensible space near homes and structures. We recommend calling your state forestry agencies and local fire protection district to request a region-specific property assessment. They can assess your property and support your development of a fire-wise landscaping plan.

With its wide-spreading nature, California Lilac naturalizes very well. They are especially striking when planted in mass plantings in the home or commercial settings. Use it as a bird-friendly, water-wise fill plant to cover an open area or as a Rock Garden focal point. For quick fill, plant the California Lilac 5 to 6 feet on center and let it fill in together naturally. No more trying to make that eroding hillside look good, or trying to mow that dangerous slope!

  • Beautiful Deep Blue to Lavender Flowers
  • Sweetly Fragrant Early Spring Blooms
  • Glossy Dark Green Leaves
  • Easy to Grow Broad-Leaved Evergreen
  • Drought-Tolerant Native Plants
  • Vital Nectar & Pollen Resource for Pollinators
  • Perfect for Xeriscaping & Firescaping Gardens
  • Great Groundcover Shrub - Spreads Wider Than Tall
  • Versatile in the Landscape

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This California native can be easily grown in most of the populated areas from San Francisco to San Diego. Give these sun-lovers at least 6 hours of direct light a day. Though tolerant of some shade this will greatly affect the flowering and density of the plant.

Adapted to a wide range of different types of soil and thriving in poor soil, in fact, California Lilacs do their best in lean soils that have great drainage! Ceanothus are very low maintenance once established and they don't need - or especially like - coddling or fussing. In fact, too much water and too-rich soil is a surefire way to kill them!

Give young plants low amounts of regular water during their first season only. This will help their roots establish themselves in your soil. However, they truly thrive on low water and barely require summer watering once established. They are truly perfect for the xeric garden and drought-tolerant landscape!

If your soil holds water, you'll need to use raised beds or plan to mound up. Add additional soil in a mound 18 - 24 inches high, and plant directly in the mound.

Prune right after blooming to remove spent flowers and to keep your plant looking even and full.

These are members of the unique family of plants that fix nitrogen in the soil, limiting the need for lots of fertilizer while boosting the health of other plants around where California Lilac grows!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade Lover
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Handles Any Well-Drained Clay, Sand, Poor Soil & Rocky Soil with Ease
  • Tolerant of Coastal & Saline Conditions
  • Deer Seldom Bother It
  • Grows Without Supplemental Water Once Established
  • Unique Nitrogen-Fixing Plant Family

Know that you're in good company when you order your Point Reyes Wild California Lilac from our expert growers here at Nature Hills Nursery. With beauty, low maintenance and adaptability, California Lilac is the perfect choice for many landscape applications. Order yours now before the garden designers place their large commercial orders and you miss your chance. Snap yours up today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big does a California Lilac get?

The California Lilac has a low-growing mature height of 1 - 3 feet tall but a fantastic mature spread of 6 - 10 feet wide.

How long does a Californian Lilac last?

Lasting several weeks, the blooms of the California Lilac in optimal conditions can add color and mild fragrance to your landscape for over a month!

Does California Lilac need full sun?

The California Lilac does best in full sun, anything less than 6 hours of direct sunlight a day will result in leggy, spindly growth and small or absent blooms.

How long does California Lilac take to grow?

In optimal conditions, you can expect these medium-to-fast growth rate plants to grow 1-2 feet of growth a year. Be sure to provide fertile well-drained soil and moderate moisture for the best growth and health.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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California Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ceanothus gloriosus
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 1 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Glossy
Foliage Glossy
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes