Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus ‘Yankee Point’

'Yankee Point' California lilac

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



The griseus variety is the most commonly planted of California’s ceanothus. It is the coastal form of the widespread blueblossom, hugging the coast from Mendocino to Santa Barbara Counties. The Yankee Point selection was taken from a rocky, exposed bluff in northern Monterey County in the 1950s. Plants from such exposed coastal areas often develop a lower form to prevent wind damage. Yankee Point was selected for its low form, rapid growth, and flower color. The oval leaves are glossy and dark green. The spring flowers are sky blue. Although of coastal origin, Yankee Point can thrive in interior sites with additional shade and light watering. It grows rapidly and will cover a wide area in a few years. Ample room for its spreading growth is certainly advised. If planted densely, Yankee Point is reported to mound to an atypical height - five feet or so. Adequate spacing and regular light pruning render a cleaner, almost formal, appearance.


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