Cistus Nursery

*RETAIL - Ceanothus 'Owlswood Blue'

*RETAIL - Ceanothus 'Owlswood Blue'

A fast growing evergreen shrub or small tree to 8 to 10ft tall with a similar spread. A garden hybrid of C. arboreus and C. thyrsiflorus grown for its glossy green leaves and long dark blue spring flowers, often repeated in fall. Attractive as a specimen or screen planting in summer dry gardens and excellent forage for native pollinators. Drought tolerant when established and tolerant of all soils but the heaviest clay, even that if it is dry in the summer. Full sun to partial shade. USDA zone 8a.





Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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