Ceanothus spinosus Nutt.
Redheart, Greenbark ceanothus, Red-heart mountain lilac
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)
USDA Symbol: CESP
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Leaf Margin: Entire
Fruit Type: Capsule
Leaf: Dark shiny green.
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Pale blue to whitish.
Native Distribution: Pacific Coast Ranges of SW. California and NW. Baja California; to 3000 (914 m).
Native Habitat: Dry hillsides and mountain canyons usually near coast; in chaparral and sage shrub.
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.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ceanothus spinosus in USDA Plants
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2011-08-01
Research By: TWC Staff