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Ceanothus spinosus Nutt.
Redheart, Greenbark ceanothus, Red-heart mountain lilac
USDA Symbol: CESP
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Evergreen, spiny shrub or small tree with irregular, spreading, open crown and many showy flowers resembling lilacs.
This species is grown as an attractive ornamental and screen along roadsides and is useful for erosion control. However, old plants become irregular, sprawling, and untidy with the dried remains of the capsules. It is called Redheart because of the dark red wood, which makes good fuel. The shrubs are spiny, drought-resistant and sprout from stumps but are killed back in cold winters. The foliage of this and related species is browsed by deer and elk.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Pale blue to whitish.
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Pacific Coast Ranges of SW. California and NW. Baja California; to 3000 (914 m).
Dry hillsides and mountain canyons usually near coast; in chaparral and sage shrub.
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
Record Last Modified: 2011-08-01
Research By: TWC Staff