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Best uses

Great for use as a ground cover in hot dry locations. Can also be used in borders, on banks and over walls.

Physical characteristics

An evergreen, spreading shrub growing to 1m tall and 3m wide.

Flowers and foliage

Leaves are ovate, dark green, glossy and grey-hairy beneath. Bright blue panicles of flowers are produced in profusion in late spring and early summer.

Preferred site

Prefers full sun to partial shade with moist but well-drained soil. It will tolerate drier positions.

Maintenance tips

Mulch well in spring and water thoroughly during dry periods for the first two or three years. Prune after flowering to keep plants shaped using secateurs. Young plants require thorough watering during dry periods over the first two or three years. Mulching helps to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Ceanothus can be propagated by cuttings.

Ecological and biodiversity benefits

The flowers are great for attracting beneficial insects to the garden.

Pests and diseases

Generally trouble-free but can be susceptible to honey fungus.

Location at Auckland Botanic Gardens

Auckland Border