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CEANOTHUS griseus 'Diamond Heights'

Image of Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Diamond Heights'

Family

Rhamnaceae

Botanical Name

CEANOTHUS griseus var. horizontalis 'Diamond Heights'

Plant Common Name

Carmel Ceanothus, Carmel Creeper, Diamond Heights Ceanothus

General Description

Diamond Heights carmel creeper, or variegated carmel creeper, is a fantastic low-growing evergreen shrub with glossy yellow and green leaves and light blue flowers. In full sun and in summer, the yellow variegation is more pronounced. Conversely, in a shadier location, or during the winter, green becomes the dominant leaf color. In either situation, it is a vigorous grower native to California.

'Diamond Heights' is its best in a sheltered area in full sun with fertile, well drained soil. In the colder parts of its range it can sustain winter damage. Use as a broad and very low growing groundcover or slope stabilizer.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm (12)

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m (6)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Light Blue, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No