California lilac

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(Bot.) a low shrub with dense clusters of purplish flowers (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus).

See also: Lilac

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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QWHY is my California lilac tree yellowing on the leaves?
Our collection of six consists of one each of Leucothoe 'Scarletta', Euonymus 'Emerald Gaiety', Euonymus 'Blonde Beauty', Choisya 'Sundance', Ceanothus (California Lilac) and Skimmia 'Rubella'.
Garden-friendly choices include California lilac (Ceanothus), coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), monkey flower (Mimulus), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), and white sage (Salvia apiana).
F Ceanothus (California Lilac) Thyrsiflorus Var Repens pounds 6.45 Masses of blue flowers in late spring and summer.
Plant species composition for each site varied slightly, but all contained California lilac (Ceanothus griseus), coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), elderberry (Sambucus mexicana) and coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis).
The garden will also showcase California natives like colorful monkey flowers, California poppies, California lilac, and manzanita, which thrive in low water conditions, along with non-native succulents, Urabe said.
It is often called California lilac because the flowers of some varieties are similar to the lilac tree and ceanothus originate from California.
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