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Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'
Ray Hartman Lilac
- Common Name: Ray Hartman Lilac
- Botanical Name: Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'
- Family: Rhamnaceae
- Origin: California (U.S.A.)
- California Native: Yes
- Plant Type: Shrubs
- Foliage Type: Evergreen
- CA Plant Climate Zone: 5-9,14-24
- Hardy to Zone(s): 8-10
- Bloom Time: Spring
- Exposure:Full Sun
- Irrigation: Low Water Needs
- WUCOLS Rating:
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- Height: 10-16 feet
- Width: 8-10 feet
- Flower Color: Blue
- Tags: Large shrub, or prune into small tree, large glossy leaves, blue flowers, specimen, fast
About This Plant
Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ is a fast growing evergreen shrub that grows 10-15 feet tall and equally wide forming a dense mound. Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ has handsome foliage with large rounded dark green leaves and 3-5 inch inflorescence of medium-blue flowers in spring. This Ceanothus can be used as a specimen, screen, or planted on slopes. Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ will take pruning and can be trained into a small tree or to espalier a wall or fence. ‘Ray Hartman’ is a cross between Ceanothus aboreus and Ceanothus thyrsiforus var. griseus. This Ceanothus is notoriously long-lived and dependable and has been known to last as long as 20 years. ‘Ray Hartman’ is tolerant of many garden situations including heavy soil, summer watering, and hotter drier inland conditions. Best grown in full sun for abundant blooms. The original seedling was collected in Saratoga and grown in Leonard Coates Nurseries in Morgan Hill. Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation eventually named and introduced it in 1956 in honor of Ray Hartman for his advocacy of California native plants.
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