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Popcorn Maritime Ceanothus

Ceanothus maritimus 'Popcorn'

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Popcorn Maritime Ceanothus (Ceanothus maritimus 'Popcorn') at Green Thumb Nursery

Popcorn Maritime Ceanothus flowers

Popcorn Maritime Ceanothus flowers

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  California Lilac


A very dense, low growing groundcover with dark green glossy foliage; a heavy late winter bloomer producing volumes of white flower clusters that add contrast; perfect for border edges and rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Popcorn Maritime Ceanothus is bathed in stunning cymes of white star-shaped flowers with chartreuse eyes along the branches from late winter to early spring. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Popcorn Maritime Ceanothus is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Popcorn Maritime Ceanothus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Popcorn Maritime Ceanothus will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features