Redstem Ceanothus is a deciduous, nitrogen-fixing shrub that is native to the Pacific Northwest.
The unique qualities of the Redstem Ceanothus make it an excellent choice for the native garden. This medium sized shrub has beautiful sprays of highly fragrant white flowers in spring. The young stems change color from light green to an intriguing red/purple.
Environment and Culture
Redstem Ceanothus can be found growing in recently disturbed soils across the Pacific Northwest. Its ability to grow quickly in poor or damaged soils while fixing nitrogen makes the Redstem Ceanothus a powerful champion of soil restoration. It can also be found growing under conifers and on the edges of meadows. Consider planting as an understory plant with the California Black Oak, Oregon White Oak, and/or the California Foothill Pine.
The Redstem Ceanothus needs very little care. Once established it will grow quickly even in very poor soils. Extremely hardy and drought tolerant, they do not need any summer watering or soil amendments.