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Ceanothus sanguineus Pursh
Oregon Teatree, Redstem ceanothus, Wild lilac
Synonyms: Ceanothus oreganus
USDA Symbol: CESA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
An ornamental, 3-10 ft. shrub with purplish or reddish, flexible, shiny twigs. Leaves are thin and round. White-flowered clusters, up to 4 in. long, occur on peduncles almost as long from wood of the previous season.
Redstem Ceanothus 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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
CA , ID , MI , MT , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
N. CA to B.C. & n.w. MT; also n. Keweenaw Co. on MIs Upper Peninsula Native Habitat:
Dry woods & clearings USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Pale Swallowtail
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
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:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff