California Lilac

Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’

Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ (California Lilac) - full view

Full view

Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ (California Lilac) - flower

Foliage detail

Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ (California Lilac) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 12-20'; Spread: 15-20'

  • Growth:

    Slow

  • Character:

    Evergreen; oval or rounded canopy.

  • Foliage:

    2-3" dark green leaves

  • Flower:

    3-5" spike of medium blue flowers in winter and spring.

  • Fruit:

    Black or purple capsule appearing in winter or summer, 1/4-1/2"

  • Bark:

    Smooth, brown to dark brown.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Requires pruning to desired tree shape.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), clay or loam soil, some shade, medium to occasionally strong winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Short life span. Can also be grown as a shrub. Does not like too much summer water once established. Prune after flowers have faded.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to California. Stunning flowering tree in winter.