Ceanothus impressus Trel.
Santa Barbara ceanothus, Santa Barbara buckbrush
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)
USDA Symbol: ceim
An aromatic, densely branched, 6-8 ft. shrub. The evergreen leaves very small and dark-green, with curled margins. Tiny, deep-blue flowers occur in small, showy clusters.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
Native Distribution: Santa Barbara Co. to San Luis Obispo Co., CA
Native Habitat: Dry slopes; chaparral
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Prune flexible growth to control size; avoid cutting older, woody growth. Extremely drought-tolerant.
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.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
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 impressus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ceanothus impressus in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff