Skylark California Lilac

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'

A coastal California evergreen shrub with fragrant flower clusters that create the illusion of a dark blue sea over medium green foliage in spring. One of the smallest members of the Ceanothus family. Naturally following a compact growth pattern, and loved by local pollinators and wildlife, this species performs well as a large-scale groundcover or small hedge.


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Skylark California Lilac

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'
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5 gallon, 14" h x 19" w

Deciduous / Evergreen

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Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.