Ceanothus ‘Victoria’

Califorinia lilac

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Outstanding Qualities

This selection is simply the hardiest of the California lilacs available and the most reliable for our climate. The brilliant bright indigo blue flowers are an absolute show stopper in the spring and look great against the shiny and dark evergreen foliage. This tough shrub is extremely drought tolerant once established and is a fast grower and will quickly fill an empty space. ‘Victoria’ was one of the best rated Ceanothus in the GPP trials.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 9 ft. 0 in. (2.74 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: late spring flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: white, silver, orange

Great Color Partners: purple, lavender, rose

Culture Notes
Ceanothus ‘Victoria’ requires full sun and well-drained soil. It doesn’t mind salt-laden sea air, so is often planted in seaside gardens. It is drought tolerant once established but should be planted in locations with protection from wind in colder zone 7 gardens. Light pruning in early summer will create a dense plant.