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Ceanothus Lemon and Lime

California Lilac

Upright variety with unique green and gold foliage

An upright variety noted for its beautiful yellow and green variegated leaves. The lime colour of the foliage contrast well with the dark blue flowers that arrive in late spring.


Its upright, evergreen nature means it’s great for year round interest against a wall or on a trellis. It craves the sunlight and needs a sheltered location.


Californian lilacs can be tender in cold weather so should be protected from the frost, they also benefit from some light pruning after they flower.

Mainly native to North America, California Lilac are drought resistant and will grow well in most soil types.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering April - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 205 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 195 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From March to September