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Wild Lilac 'Cliff Schmidt', Feltleaf Ceanothus


'Cliff Schmidt' is a large shrub with a graceful, upright, fountain-like habit and is well suited for coastal gardens. Commonly referred to as Feltleaf Ceanothus, the broad oval leaves are glossy dark green with white felted undersides. Powder blue flowers appear in 5-inch branched clusters in spring and again in fall. In comparison to other larger-leaved species, 'Cliff Schmidt' is perhaps slower-growing but lives longer (20-30 years).

Ceanothus arboreus 'Cliff Schmidt'

Fruit Characteristics

Bark notes :Stems blush rose before turning gray with age.

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf texture : Glossy topside; felted underside

Leaf length : 2-3"

Leaf shape : Broadly oval with fine toothed margins

Leaf color : Dark green with white undersides

Flower Characteristics

Flower shape : Branched clusters

Flower color : Blue

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 15-20 ft.

Average size maturity height : 15-20 ft.

Growth rate : Slow

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 20 to 25 F( Z9a)

Sunset zone : 5-9, 14-24

Water requirements : Rarely (Drought Tolerant)

Light exposure : Partial Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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