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|Natural range of Ceanothus arboreus|
Ceanothus arboreus, with the common names feltleaf ceanothus, island ceanothus, and island mountain lilac, is a species of Ceanothus shrub in California.
It is found on slopes in coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats.
Ceanothus arboreus is a spreading bush growing up to 12–36 feet (3.7–11.0 m) in height. It has large, glossy, dark green leaves which are leathery or felt-like on their undersides.
Its showy bright blue flowers grow in plentiful panicles, or bunches, of tiny five-lobed blossoms. Some varieties and cultivars have light, powder blue blooms, and others bear darker blue flowers. The bloom period is February to April.
The fruits are three-lobed, triangular capsules.
Numerous cultivars have been selected for garden use, including:
- Ceanothus arboreus 'Cliff Schmidt' — more compact habit and deeper blue flowers.
- Ceanothus arboreus 'Owlswood Blue'.
- Ceanothus arboreus 'Powder Blue' — Powder Blue Ceanothus, Compact Feltleaf Ceanothus.
- Ceanothus arboreus 'Skylark'
- Ceanothus arboreus 'Trewithen Blue' — very dark blue flowered form from the Channel Islands. It has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
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