Shrubs by Genus  B-C

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Baccharis pilularis  Common Name: Pigeon Point/Dwarf Coyote Brush

Family: Asteraceae

Type: 1'tall x 8' wide

Flowers: Fall

Flower Color: Cream

Likes: Full Sun

Ground cover. Fall bloomer.  Coastal plant so can take summer water. 

Low growing, spreads. Plant 8" apart.

Winter / Fall

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Ceanothus sp  Common Name: Joyce Coulter

Family: Rhamnaceae

Type: Medium Shrub, 2.5'h x 6'w

Flowers: March to April

Flower Color: Blue

Likes: Full Sun

Lower growing, spreading mountain lilac.  Flowers appear early in Spring.  Drought tolerant but will tolerate some garden irrigation.  Hybrid of Ceanothus papillosus and Ceanothus thyrsilforius. Especially nice in a rock garden or to bring color and texture to mid-sized elevation within a native garden.  Can be trimmed to encourage spreading and limit height

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Ceanothus griseus horizontalis  Common Name: Yankee Point

Family: Rhamnaceae

Type: Med/Low Shrub, 3'h x 6'w

Flowers: February to April

Flower Color: Blue

Likes: Full/Part Sun

Low spreading shrub. Nice green foliage. Plant 8-10 ' apart  - makes nice ground cover. Will get on the bigger side if regularly irrigated. Deer like this one - especially when young.  

Coastal plant so can use some shade and supplemental water during summer. 

Somewhat sensitive to freeze - ours was burned back at 25 degrees but recovered quickly.

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Ceanothus rigidus  Common Name: Snowball

Family: Rhamnaceae

Type: Med/Low Shrub, 3'h x 6'w

Flowers: February to March

Flower Color: Cream

Likes: Full Sun

Perennial, mid level evergreen shrub. Early flowering. Interesting "rigid" branching with whitish stems. Good as a higher ground cover.  Native to Monterrey County.  Drought tolerant. Good for mid level in landscape planting.  Early color.

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Ceanothus thrysiflorus  Common Name: Skylark, Blue Mtn. Lilac

Family: Rhamnaceae

Type: Med/Low Shrub, 2'h x 4'w

Flowers: March to April

Flower Color: Blue

Likes: Full/Part Sun

Mid sized Ceonothus. Fast growing but stays compact. Dark green foliage with bright blue flowers. 

Can be used as a border or hedge. Flowers into late spring. Late for other Ceanothus - provides early summer bloom. Drought tolerant but can take some irrigation.  Native to Mendocino County.