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Ceanothus cuneatus (Hook.) Nutt.
USDA Symbol: CECU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub 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. Leaf:
Green Fruit: 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
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2013-05-20
Research By: TWC Staff