Common Names: mountain lilac
Type: Evergreen shrub
Size: 6 in. to 2 ft. high, 5-10 ft. wide
Flowers: Dark blue flowers, small clusters, spring; leaves dark green, glossy, small.
Uses: Ground cover, background, accents, slopes, larger areas, near oaks. Fire resistive. Tolerates heat.
Wildlife: Habitat, leaves for caterpillars; pollen, nectar, seeds for bees, butterflies, birds. Somewhat deer resistive.
Soil: Must be well-drained (native to rocky slopes).
Water: Seldom, keep away from stem. Some summer supplementary water but let soil dry first.
Sun: Full sun; some shade inland.
Pruning: After blooms have faded; avoid cutting off limbs more than 1 in. in diameter. Pinch back shoot tips during growing season.
Pests & Diseases: Root rot from too much water.
Notes: Of 50 to 60 known species, 40 are native to California and adjacent states. A natural hybrid of C. griseus and C. foliosus from San Francisco Bay area of California.
Hardy to 20° F.