Santa Barbara ceanothus Rhamnaceae Ceanothus impressus
Leaf:Opposite, simple, evergreen, elliptical to nearly round, 1/4 to 3/4 inches long, thick, appearing wrinkled, dark green to yellow-green and waxy above and smooth or gray pubescent below; margins distinctly curled.
Flower:Small, deep blue to purple, in large pompom-like clusters along the branches on short, thick stalks, appearing in spring.
Fruit:Rounded capsules with 3 small apical horns, often sticky, 1/6 inch long, each capsule contains about 12 small, black shiny seeds.
Twig:Distinctly angled, green or reddish brown with a fine covering of hair.
Bark:Reddish brown and smooth when young, becoming gray-brown with age.
Form:Broadleaf evergreen ground cover, to 10 feet tall but more commonly to 4 feet, typically low spreading or mounded with arching branches that root adventitiously.