California lilac

westgate(8b Brit.Col.)January 27, 2009

I have one of these, about 3 yrs old, rather spindly and around 7 ft tall, that is being swallowed by bamboo. Can I move it successfully? And if so, How?

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Ceanothus? These have a reputation for promptly dying after being moved.

If you were going to attempt it, now - or when you soil is not too wet for spading - might be a good time but I'd treat it as an experiment even with a younger shrub. I attempted moving one once, or helped a neighbor move hers...It turned into something that looked like a scrubby tumbleweed in short order.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2009 at 8:58PM
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gardengal48

I agree with Mor - these really resent root disturbance or attempts at transplanting. They grow fast and are relatively inexpensive - it may be simplest to just remove, discard and replace with a new plant in the desired location.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 3:03PM
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westgate(8b Brit.Col.)

Thanks..... I think, in that case, I'll let it fight it out with the bamboo. (It sounds like the ceonothus will lose, but che sera, sera!)

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 7:07PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

As a group comparatively short-lived, fast-growing chaparral shrubs not growing and persisting well were trees and taller shrubs overtake them. The most seen locally native (Seattle area etc.) species has a tendency to appear near parking lots and roadways, where there is a permanent source of hot air and freedom from being overtaken by trees.

One I saw at an overlook above a developed flatland some years ago was basking gloriously in the hot air wafting up from the rooftops and parking lots below. Last year when I went to look at it again I found a nearly dead pathetic stick in its place, a thick of Douglas fir seedlings having popped up on the embankment and shaded it.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 3:24PM
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