Santa Barbara ceanothus Rhamnaceae Ceanothus
|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.
Looks like: blueblossom
| Additional Range Information:
Ceanothus impressus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Santa Barbara ceanothus.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson