Redstem Ceanothus
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Other Names:
Redstem Wild Lilac, Redstem Buckbrush, Oregon Tea Tree, Northern Buckbrush
Latin Name:
Ceanothus sanguineus
Available June 1, 2024.  Plants ship within 3 weeks of this date, shipped in the order they were received. NOTE: We will wait to ship your order until all your plants become available.
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Redstem Ceanothus is a deciduous, nitrogen-fixing shrub that is native to the Pacific Northwest. 

Ornamental Qualities

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.

Northwest Native American tribes today still value this special tree as food, medicine, and family.  Despite great cultural losses, they continue to work towards stewarding and restoring wild populations, both strengthening the integrity of the ecology and sustaining their cultural heritage and wisdom.  These strong and recovering peoples and plants deserve our respect, gratitude, and reparations. (Learn more & how to help on our Charitable Giving page.)


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.

Native Range: CA, OR, WA, ID, BC
USDA zones: 4-8
Ease of Care: Very Easy
Deer Resistance: Moderate
Light Requirements: Full Sun-Part Shade
Soil Type: Light-Medium
Water Requirements: Dry-Moist
Pollination: Self Fertile
Bearing Age: N/A
Size at Maturity: 5-10ft
Bloom Time: May-June
Harvest Time: N/A/

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