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'
Bark notes :Stems blush rose before turning gray with age.
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 shape : Branched clusters
Flower color : Blue
Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen
Average size maturity width : 15-20 ft.
Average size maturity height : 15-20 ft.
Growth rate : Slow
USDA Zone : 20 to 25 F( Z9a)
Sunset zone : 5-9, 14-24
Water requirements : Rarely (Drought Tolerant)
Light exposure : Partial Sun
Attractive bark :Yes