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Gorgeous blue flowers on drought-resistant plants!

California Mountain Lilac (Ceanothus ‘Concha’) is one of the first named and longest cultivated ceanothus in existence. It was first named and sold in 1946 from a little nursery in California.

You’re probably asking, “Why the history lesson?” Well, because when you buy and plant these gorgeous shrubs, we want you to know that these beauties have truly stood the test of time and will be great additions to your garden. If they’ve been on the market for almost 75 years then you know that there are a lot of pleased customers! We hope to add you to that number.

These hardy West Coast natives have gracefully arching branches that are covered in deep green, evergreen leaves. In the spring they are covered in reddish-purple buds that will mature to rich bluish-purple flower clusters that are stunning from near or far in the garden.

Concha grows 4 to 8 feet tall and 6 to 12 feet wide, so it covers a big garden space. Wildlife – especially mockingbirds, finches, and quail - love it for both the cover it provides and the seeds it produces. (Deer, on the other hand, seem to find it pretty unappetizing.)

They don’t need (or especially like) coddling or fussing. They thrive on low water and in challenging soil. Too much water and too-rich soil is a sure-fire way to kill them.

Know that you’re in good company when you order your California Mountain Lilac from us today!

* Evergreen with colorful spring buds
* Beautiful blue summer flowers
* Great groundcover
* Perfect for xeriscape gardens


California Mountain Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Ceanothus 'Concha'
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Mature Height 4 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Soil Type Sandy, Rocky, Well Drained Soils
Moisture Medium to Dry
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Blue, Purple
Foliage Color Green