Ceanothus Julia Phelps

'Julia Phelps' California lilac

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 8' X 8'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Ceanothus ‘Julia Phelps’ is one of several popular ceanothis hybrids involving Ceanothus impressus and papillosus. It is a popular ceanothus for its densely bunched dark green leaves and generous spring display of dark blue flowers. The form is somewhat rounded to a height of up to 10 feet. The ‘Dark Star’ hybrid is somewhat smaller at five feet. Plant ceanothus ‘Julia Phelps’ with dry-loving companions since summer water can shorten its life. C. ‘Julia Phelps’ contrast beautifully with the gray foliage and yellow flowers of Dendromecon hardfordii and Peritoma arborea, among others.


Deer Resistant: Somewhat
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen