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Ceanothus palmeri
  

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About Palmer Lilac (Ceanothus palmeri) Palmer Lilac (Ceanothus palmeri) is a native shrub that grows in California, primarily in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and Peninsular Range regions. It tends to grow in dry slopes, at elevations from 3000-6000 feet. Form is mostly upright though sometimes more rounded. Flowers are usually white but can be light blue to lavender.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub

Max. Height
6 - 11 ft (1.8 - 3.4 m)

Max. Width
4 - 6 ft (1.2 - 1.8 m)

Form
Rounded, Upright

Fragrance
Slight

Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Evergreen, Summer Semi-Deciduous

Leaves
Pale green, ovoid

Flower Color
White

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry slopes

Sun
Sun

Elevation ?
36' - 7449'

Annual Precip. ?
8.2" - 58.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 3.08"

Coldest Month ?
38.2° F - 54.1° F

Hottest Month ?
60.7° F - 82.0° F

Humidity ?
0.89 vpd - 33.57 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a wide variety of soils

Drainage
Fast

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -20 - -10° F

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 18*

Companion Plants
Wildlife Attracted
Bees

Landscaping Information
Popularity
Never or Almost Never Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
No Summer Water
1x/month
2x/month
3x/month
1/week
Keep moist


Mulch
Organic with Rocks

Pruning
Tolerates light pruning

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Hot water and 2.5-3 mos. stratification.

Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Palmer Mountain Lilac, Palmer Ceanothus, Palmer's Ceanothus


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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