Ceanothus integerrimus

Ceanothus integerrimus

Deer brush ( or Mountain lilac)

Previous scientific name(s): Ceanothus andersonii, Ceanothus californicus, Ceanothus integerrimus var. californicus, Ceanothus integerrimus var. m

Native warm season perennial shrub up to 12 ft. tall. Seeds germinate best following fire. The fragrant flowers have a white calyx with white to pink or dark blue petals. Valuable honey plant and good to excellent forage for cattle, sheep, goats and deer. Occurs on mountain slopes and ridges, in open sun or partial shade; does not tolerate full shade. Most abundant in well-drained and fertile soils.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 12 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
15 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Average
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Average

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Best
Neutral: 
Average
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
47.90 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
70,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
White/Pink or Dark Blue
Blooming Season: 
Summer
Fall