Ceanothus Remote Blue

'Remote Blue' California lilac

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 7' X 7'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



This ceanothus is one of the many chance garden hybrids introduced by Las Pilitas Nursery. They consider a likely hybrid between Ceanothus oliganthus var sorediatus and C. thyrsiflorus var griseus. It has the oval, shiny leaves of the latter, as well as the generous spring flower display. The form is an upright, rounded shrub to about seven feet. The flowers are sky blue. It is tolerant of a wide range of garden conditions and is considered relatively garden tolerant for a ceanothus. Rarely planted, it is worth trying in a variety of settings in the SF Bay Area. Mine has thrived with rapid growth in climate zone 15. At this point, I do not know what is ‘remote’ about it.


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