Ceanothus velutinus (Snowbrush ceanothus)

Evergreen shrub reaching 2-9 ft. tall with cream-white fragrant flower clusters, blooming May to September. Prefers well-drained soils on dry to moist mountain slopes, shrublands and open forests; up to 11,000 ft. elevation. Often common, occurring in ponderosa pine and mountain brush communities, regularly forming large colonies after disturbance such as wildfire or timber harvest. Vigorous sprouter, but also establishes by seed and layering, when branches take root after soil contact. Yearround browse in forested areas for deer, elk and moose. Provides nesting and cover for small birds and mammals. Nectar source for Johnson’s hairstreak butterfly.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Rhamnaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Shrub/Tree

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Thicket forming

Mature Height: 3-11 ft.

Bloom Color: White

Fruit/Seed Color: 

Bloom Period: Early summer

Annual Precipitation: 14+ in.

Drought Tolerance: Low

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:  ft.

Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance:

Nitrogen fixation:

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: None

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 6.5-8.3


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 124,000

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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