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CEANOTHUS 'Ray Hartman'

Image of Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'

James H. Schutte

Family

Rhamnaceae

Botanical Name

CEANOTHUS 'Ray Hartman'

Plant Common Name

California Lilac, Ray Hartman Wild Lilac, Wild Lilac

General Description

California lilac is a fantastic large, evergreen shrub that can be trained into a small tree. It grows very quickly forms a large mound with arching branches. The heavy flowering cultivar,'Ray Hartman', is a vigorous hybrid that's a cross between Ceanothus griseus and C. arboreus.

The glossy, dark green leaves of this selection have deep, conspicuous surface veins. Lots of showy, elongated clusters of light blue flowers appear in mid to late spring. Butterflies love the beautiful blooms.

For best results, grow this drought tolerant shrub in full sun and well-drained soil that's slightly acid. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, from sandy to clay-rich. Pruning is well-tolerated and can be done as needed. With heavy pruning, it can be manicured into a hedge. 'Ray Hartman' is a great shrub for coastal and inland landscapes and works well as a screen or large specimen plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12'-16' / 3.7m - 4.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No