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Ceanothus megacarpus Nutt.
Big-pod buckbrush, Big-pod ceanothus, Bigpod ceanothus
USDA Symbol: ceme
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A large, compact semi-evergreen shrub, from 4-16 ft. tall, with reddish or grayish-brown branches. Leaves are persistent. White flower clusters are few-flowered and occur on lateral branches.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr
CA Native Distribution:
CA coastal areas from Santa Barbara to San Diego Cos. Native Habitat:
Dry, chaparral slopes below 2000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
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
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff