Ceanothus cuneatus (Hook.) Nutt.
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)
USDA Symbol: CECU
Buckbrush is a member of the buckthorn family (family Rhamnaceae) which includes shrubs, woody vines, and small to large trees, rarely herbs, often spiny. About 700 species worldwide; 15 native and 3 naturalized tree, about 50 shrub, and 1 woody vine species in North America. Leaves: mostly alternate, also opposite; simple; often with 3 or more veins from base; usually with tiny stipules.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Reaches heights of 3.3 to 11.5 feet (1-3.5 m) tall.
Size Class: 3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitUse Other: Shoots used in basketry by indigenous Californians.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Ceanothus cuneatus is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
White-streaked saturnia moth |
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Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ceanothus cuneatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ceanothus cuneatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ceanothus cuneatus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-05-20
Research By: TWC Staff