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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens Tree

Californian Lilac Trees
  • From £34.99 (ex VAT)
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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens is a very small evergreen tree with panicles of pretty blue flowers that are popular with bees. It flowers through spring to early summer, whilst the glossy green foliage provides interest throughout the year.

Growing naturally as a spreading shrub, we have also grown Ceanothus repens with a clear stem to create a wonderful little lollipop tree. It is ideal for container planting or in borders to provide year round interest. Ceanothus require a fairly well drained soil in a sunny situation, that is not exposed to drying winds.

AKA Californian Lilac tree, Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens

 

  • Common name: Californian lilac tree
  • Latin name: Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2 x 2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Green, evergreen leaves
  • Flowers: Blue flowers appear in spring and last through summer

Planting Advice for Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens Trees

Our pot grown Californian Lilac trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Ceanothus trees with a stake and tie - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens Trees

If you’re planting Ceanothus in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens Trees

Ceanothus trees do not require a lot of pruning. Simply remove any dead, diseased or awkwardly placed branches from the tree as and when you see them.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens Form: Bush Supplied Size: 40-60cm Root type: 10L pot Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens Price £34.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 40-60cm 10L pot £34.99 (ex VAT)
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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens Form: Top grafted at 60cm Supplied Size: 70-100cm Root type: 5L pot Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 60cm 70-100cm 5L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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