Close up of blue flowers and red buds of Ceanothus Julia Phelps

‘Julia Phelps’

California Mountain Lilac


'Julia Phelps'

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Close up of blue flowers and red buds of Ceanothus Julia Phelps
  • Exceptionally floriferous
  • Drought tolerant
  • Native

A beautiful blue for warm climates.

Introduced by the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation, this California mountain lilac is a durable, drought tolerant evergreen with unique foliage texture and an outstanding display of blue flowers in spring. 

USDA Zone 8 - 10 (10°F/-12°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 8'

Width 6 - 8'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color Blue

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Thrives in rocky, dry soils - good drainage is a must.

Pruning Little pruning is required; prune after blooming if desired. Avoid cutting into thick stems unless you are removing them entirely.

Uses A stellar specimen, it can also be incorporated in wildlife plantings, perennial beds, and all sorts of land reclamation projects.

Growing Tips Julia Phelps' ceanothus can be allowed to grow as a large rounded shrub or trained into a small tree. If you can grow this in your climate, take full advantage of its beauty, texture, and adaptability!