Ceanothus megacarpus Nutt.
Big-pod buckbrush, Big-pod ceanothus, Bigpod ceanothus
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)
USDA Symbol: CEME
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr
Native Distribution: CA coastal areas from Santa Barbara to San Diego Cos.
Native Habitat: Dry, chaparral slopes below 2000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Quite drought-tolerant.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: 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.
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.
Seed Treatment: A hot water treatment may be beneficial. (Bring water to a boil and then steep the seeds for 10-15 minutes.)
Commercially Avail: yes
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
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ceanothus megacarpus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ceanothus megacarpus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ceanothus megacarpus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff