A Ceanothus That Will Likely Die - But Cool Plant

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This is a ceanothus (California Lilac), variety “Blue Cushion”. It is a hybrid of one of the many of this species. It grows like a flat top acacia from Africa, wide and low. I ground grew for 3 years with no plans to lift. By the small glossy leaves and knobby bark you can tell it doesn’t like water.

I was cleaning up a garden bed and pulled a taproot that was growing shallow instead of deep and up came the plant. If you aren’t aware, there is quite a protocol for getting CA natives established....deep soaking monthly among other things. This is supposed to get the tap growing deep. They are notorious for being extremely bitchy about messing with their roots.

Anyway reduced the top by about 50% to match the roots and put it in a 90% pumice media with some cactus mix.
Here we are. Anybody work with the species? Survival chances?
 

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I've tried several Ceanothus and killed them all. Let us know if you succeed and how you did it.
 

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No yellowing yet....but they have a slow agonizing death like junipers.
I have been misting in the mornin. CA natives get much of their water in summer from morning dew.
 

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Best to leave in the ground and create a Niwaki. Dead wood rots amazingly fast. Watering is not its friend.
 

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