Ceanothus x 'BLUE SAPPHIRE'

Ceanothus x
Ceanothus x  'BLUE SAPPHIRE'
blueblossom (Californian blue lilac)
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS indigo blue
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 7   (down to -18°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Rarities
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This Californian lilac is an outstanding introduction from New Zealand. In the warmer days of late spring it blooms with profusion of dense panicles of deep indigo blue flowers. Leaves are small, obovate, dark green with reddish brown tint. Branches are chocolate brown, fragile and thin.

It needs slightly acidic soil, rich in organic material, moist but excellently drained – it dies in water-logged locations. It can be grown outside in town gardens with accumulated warmth in winter months. Avoid direct winter sunlight. When the temperature drops below -15°C it has to be protected with a white woven or fir branches. The safest way to grow this small shrub, however, is to overwinter it in a cold, frost-free place with enough sunlight. This gorgeousness is definitely worth extra effort.

Last update 15-03-2008
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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