Snowbrush Ceanothus is an evergreen, nitrogen-fixing shrub with aromatic, beautiful white flowers. This species is a "companion plant"; it is medicinal, but not edible.
The unique qualities of the Snowbrush Ceanothus make it an excellent choice for the native garden. This small shrub has aromatic, evergreen leaves and beautiful sprays of highly fragrant white flowers in spring. The young stems change color from light green to an intriguing red/purple.
Snowbrush Ceanothus has a spreading habit and is a great plant for filling open areas in corners or edges of the yard. It's evergreen foliage has a beautiful, lush presence in the landscape, even in dry habitats.
Environment and Culture
Snowbrush Ceanothus can be found in various habitats across the Pacific Northwest, including coniferous forest, chaparral, and various types of woodland. Its ability to grow quickly in poor or damaged soils while fixing nitrogen makes Ceanothus a powerful champion of soil restoration. Consider planting as an understory plant with the Pacific Madrone, Oregon White Oak, and/or the California Foothill Pine, or alongside similar evergreen species like Salal or Blue Blossom Ceanothus.
The Snowbrush Ceanothus needs very little care. Once established it will grow quickly even in very poor soils and spread to form a continuous patch. Extremely hardy and drought tolerant, they do not need any summer watering or soil amendments.