California lilac is a beautiful sight in spring when it is covered with blue blooms and the rest of the year its evergreen foliage provides texture and interest with its crepe-paper like leaves with serrated margins. A native of California, it covers the foothills in chaparral communities but makes a fine shrub in the home garden when conditions are suitable. California lilac is adaptable to severe conditions like wind and high temperatures but must have well-drained soil. Bees, butterflies and birds are drawn to it too.
Type: Evergreen shrub
Outstanding Feature: Blue flowers in spring
Growth Rate: Moderate
Bloom: Clusters of small blue flowers are produced in spring.
Size: 6-12’ x 10’
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Average, dry, well-drained, slightly acidic (pH 6.5-7)
Fertilizer: Rarely necessary and can actually be harmful.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8-10
Care: Prune only to shape or remove dead wood
Pests and Diseases: None of significance
Propagation: Seed; requires scarification and stratification.