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Desert Ceanothus, Gregg Ceanothus, New Jersey Tea, Indian Tea, Redroot, Mountain Lilac
Ceanothus greggii


Desert ceanothus is an intricately-branched, rounded shrub with short, rigid, grayish-white branches and tiny, opposite, leathery leaves. It can form impenetrable stands. The flowers are white or creamy white and sometimes blue, occuring in showy clusters near the ends of branches. It is found on dry, rocky slopes, canyons and in erosion channels, at altitudes from 2500 to 5600 feet, from the mountains of the Trans-Pecos to New Mexico, north to Utah and south to Mexico. It can tolerate a variety of soil types, from basic to acidic, as long as it has good drainage, and would be useful as an informal hedge in sunny dry sites. It does not grow well in shade. Its roots are noted for possessing nitrogen-fixing nodules.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white, sometimes blue

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: green to reddish drupe

Height: 1 to 7 feet

Width: 1 to 5 feet

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

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