Beautiful Ceanothus Shrubs In The Yard
Ceanothus is a large genus of shrubs in the buckhorn family. Ceanothus varieties are North American native plants, versatile and beautiful. The shrubs typically grow in dry woodlands, rocky clearings, or on hillsides. Most plants in the ceanothus genus require well draining soil to grow properly. An area that is shaded from the wind, but that receives several hours of direct sunlight is ideal for ceanothus species. Hot, alkaline soil generally hinders the growth of ceanothus. While the plant is growing, a liberal amount of water is required. After the plant has been established, occasional watering is recommended. Ceanothus is susceptible to damage from several pests, including aphids, armored scales and mealybugs. Aphids are of particular concern since they have a one-two punch when it comes to infestation. Initially, the small pear-shaped insects will cause the yellowing and curling of leaves and shoots of the plant.
As they do their damage, they leave behind a sticky substance called honeydew, which attracts spores of the sooty mold fungus. Once established, the mold blackens the stems and leaves of the plant. Caring for Ceanothus shrubs is also easy. Plant them in dry, well-draining soil with a pH between 6.5 and 8.0. They do fine in full sun or partial shade, but be sure to give them a little water in the driest part of summer.