Ceanothus cuneatus, Buck brush


1 gallon
Common Name: California lilac
Type: Evergreen shrub
Foliage: Green
Origin: California

Size and Appearance
5 – 12 ft tall x 5 – 12 ft wide
Form: Upright, Rounded, Spreading
Growth Rate: Fast, Moderate
Dormancy: Evergreen
Fragrance: Fragrant – Pleasant
Flower Color: White
Flowering Season: Summer, Winter, Spring

Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: 10ºF
Soil: Well drained
Water: Infrequent

Special Uses: Slope planting, Border planting, Dry garden, Coastal garden

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Ceanothus cuneatus is a species of flowering shrub in the Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn) family known by the common names Buckbrush and Wedgeleaf Ceanothus. This Ceanothus is native to Oregon, California, and northern Baja California, where it can be found in a number of habitats, especially chaparral. It is one of the most common and widespread native plants in California. It is a spreading bush, rounded to sprawling, reaching up to 3 meters in height. The evergreen leaves are stiff, tough and fleshy, and may be slightly toothed along the edges. The bush flowers abundantly in short, thick-stalked racemes bearing rounded bunches of tiny flowers, each about half a centimeter wide. The flowers are white, sometimes tinted strongly with blue or lavender. The fruit is round capsule with horns. It is about half a centimeter wide and contains three shiny dark seeds which are dispersed when the capsule explodes and propels them some distance. Harvester ants have been known to cache the seeds, which can lie dormant for a long time since fire is required for germination. This plant may be variable in appearance due to its wide distribution and because it hybridizes easily with similar species. There are three recognized varieties; var. fascicularis is a rare plant restricted to the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo coast.

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Pick -up of purchased plants will be on June 13th, from 9-11 am., at the CNPS pick-up location off of Broad St in San Luis Obispo. (Note: there is no actual address for this location. It is at the East end of Francis Street in San Luis Obispo, behind Rizzoli’s Auto Repair. Please park on Francis St. while picking up plants.) A sign will be posted on the street. GPS coordinates for Pick-up location: Lat: 35.266967 degrees, Long: -120.651302 degrees. Please only place your order if you are able to pick up your plants on June 13 between 9 and 11 am. There are no options for other pickup times or dates, or shipping of these live plants.