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Dark Star Ceanothus

Posted by fallfograin Zone 9 Sunset 17 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 21, 12 at 2:15

I love the dark blue and green colors of this ceanothus and want to use it as a background planting in a garden bed that is in front of my bedroom windows. Does anyone have experience with dark star? I know this is probably wishful thinking, but I would like to be able to keep it 3ft high, 3ft deep and 8ft wide. Would it be possible for it to look good while keeping it down to that size?

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RE: Dark Star Ceanothus

I am also a great admirer of the electric blue of the Dark Star. I think you could keep it the size you want, with only some lost of the bloom. Pruning it you would probably find a lost of bloom every other year as it grew back from the pruning. It is a relatively short lived plant for me, but with better care yours should last longer. Al

RE: Dark Star Ceanothus

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 21, 12 at 16:14

You'd be better off putting it in another spot with more room to let it have the space it prefers. Three foot tall by three foot deep for this cultivar isn't realistic long term if you also want it to bloom. I have seem Ceanothus 'Carmel Creeper' kept hedged to this size successfully, but leaf size and flower color aren't a good match.

RE: Dark Star Ceanothus

If you are new to Ceanothus, my advice... plant them in FALL!

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