Ceanothus impressus Rhamnaceae
Santa Barbara Ceanothus se-a-NO-thus im-PRES-sus
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m), wider than high, rigid branches, fast growing. Leaves opposite, simple, very small, about 6 mm, some twice that, round to oblong, margin strongly turned under, generally minutely toothed, glandular or not, wrinkled upper surface, dark green. Flowers bright, deep blue, in ball-like clusters, 1.0-2.5 cm. Fruit a capusle, generally 4 mm, subglobose, deeply 3-lobed; valves crested.
- Sun, drought tolerant, best if grown with little or no summer water, need good drainage. Pinch tips to induce bushiness. Attracts bees. Several cultivars available.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (7)8 Native to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in California.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northwest corner of sports field behind the Women's Building.