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Yankee Point Carmel Ceanothus
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Yankee Point'
  
About Yankee Point Carmel Ceanothus (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus 'Yankee Point') 39 Nurseries Carry This Plant Horticultural selection of cuttings of Ceanothus griseus horizontalis from Yankee Point on the central California coast just south of Carmel. This is one of the most commonly used California native plants. Yankee Point is a very garden tolerant spreading groundcover, with glossy green leaves and 1' blue flowers. On the coast it will take wind and salt spray, and it will do equally well inland. It is often used as a large-scale groundcover, and will stabilize slopes nicely. it reaches 2'-3' in heaight and spreads to 6'+. Horticultural selection E. griseus horizontalis: origin = cutting (1954) sHF, Yankee Pt., central coast, Monterey Co.; intro saratoga Hort. Foundation 1956 .Tolerates almost any soil type. Prefers sun in coastal sites, and sun or part shade in inland sites. Selection developed by Maunsell Van Rensselaer in 1954. Species previously known as C. griseus var. horizontalis.
Thanks to Moosa Creek and the Theodore Payne Foundation for sharing information about this plant.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3 - 4 ft tall
10 - 12 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding, Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Insects, especially bees and butterflies. Plants in the Ceanothus genus are host plants to the Spring Azure, Echo Blue, Pacuvius Duskywing, California Tortoiseshell, Pale Swallowtail, and Hedgerow Hairstreak butterflies.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
15

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a wide variety of soils. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

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

Maintenance
Maintenance
This plant is said to be a favorite of deer.. Some cultivars may need annual pruning to maintain desired shape.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Site Characteristics
Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point'
Common Names: Yankee Point Mountain Lilac


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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