Victoria Ceanothus is one of the most popular and widely planted Ceanothus varieties. It is an upright grower, growing 6-8 feet high. It has slightly wider glossy leaves than many cultivated Ceanothus varieties and makes an excellent windbreak or hedge. Like all Ceanothus species the bees absolutely love its early summer flowers. Victoria is thought to be a selection of Ceanothus thrysiflorus or a hybrid of Ceanothus thrysiflorus and another species. Flowers on Victoria are particularly large and fragrant.
A very useful and beautiful genus of shrubs native to the West Coast, mostly in the California and Southern Oregon Coast Range, Ceanothus boast evergreen foliage, gorgeous purple to blue, sometimes white, flowers and can tolerate the worst soil conditions so long as they are well draining. As nitrogen fixing shrubs they also fix nitrogen in the soil and are excellent companion plants for other woody plants.
Latin Name: Ceanothus ‘Victoria’
Site and Soil: Tolerant of many soil conditions so long as they are well draining
Hardiness: Hardy to about 0º Fahrenheit once established
Size at Maturity: Grows 6-8 feet in height and can spread up to 6 feet in width
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Pests & Diseases: None
USDA Zone: 7