Ceanothus Wheeler Canyon

'Wheeler Canyon' California lilac

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 6' X 7'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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‘Wheeler Canyon’ is one of many ceanothus involving Ceanothus papillosus. It was discovered in Ventura County by Dara Emery of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. It grows as a mounding shrub with arching branches to about six feet by eight feet. The dark leaves are narrow and ovate. The long clusters of blue flowers appear in early in spring. ‘Wheeler Canyon’ prefers full sun to light shade and fairly well-draining soil. It is very similar to Ceanothus ‘Concha,’ but may be distinguished from it by longer leaves, lighter blue flowers and a shorter final height. In San Jose, ‘Wheeler Canyon’ blooms about two weeks after ‘Concha.’


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