Ceanothus ‘Julia Phelps’

'Julia Phelps' Ceanothus
Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

6-8′ x 6-8′

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Low water

Flower Color

Blue

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit

Mounding

Sunset Garden Zones

5-9, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

8

Julia Phelps is a California mountain lilac hybrid. Julia Phelps reaches 6 ft. near the coast and as much as 8 ft. or more inland. It produces very showy dark blue-purple flowers. The leaves are small and crinkly and the foliage is dark-green. The entire plant appears purple in the spring as flowers emerge. The foliage is scented after a rain or in summer heat. A ‘Julia Phelps in the town of Rancho Santa Margarita planted in rich bottom land soil with a high water table has grown 12’ tall is dark green and the flowers can be seen from an airplane.

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