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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Ceanothus leucodermis Greene
Chaparral whitethorn, Jackbrush
USDA Symbol: CELE2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A 4-8 ft. high, evergreen shrub with white or light-green bark and clusters of white to blue flowers. Stems are spreading and intricately branched.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
CA Native Distribution:
Mts. of s. CA, n. to Alamedo & Eldorado Cos. Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky slopes below 6000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: The extensive root system of this plant is excellent for soil stabilization.
PropagationDescription: Most Ceanothus spp. come well from seed. Cuttings of this species may also be successful.
Seed Collection: Because dry capsules disperse their seed abruptly with a sudden ejection, it may be necessary to tie cloth bags around the clusters of capsules to catch the seeds.
Commercially Avail: yes
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:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff