deerbrush Rhamnaceae Ceanothus integerrimus
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous (occasionally semi-persistent), ovate to elliptical, 1 to 3 inches long, thin, entire margins, dark green and glabrous above and paler below, 3-veined from the base.
Flower:Perfect and complete small white flowers (sometimes blue, pink, or lavender) borne in long terminal or axillary clusters.
Fruit:Small, round to triangular, sticky capsule up to 3/16 inch in diameter' each lobe is ridged.
Twig:Slender, smooth, round, and arching, bright green to tannish green, often somewhat striped, older twigs may be warty.
Bark:May retain green striping of twigs for many years, then turns gray.
Form:An erect, loosely branched shrub 4 to 12 feet tall.