Ceanothus sanguineus (Oregon Tea Tree)
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Plant Description: A loosely branched, upright, medium sized shrub. Stems are greenish when young turning purplish to a deep red color with age. The dense clusters of white to pink flowers are very fragrant and up to 4 inches long. Fruit is a 3-lobed smooth capsule. Leaves are thin, dark green, and oval shaped with serrated margins, paler below, and have the distinctive three veins of the ceanothus genus. The leaves and bark of this plant are edible. *NEVER CONSUME PLANTS WITHOUT PROPER ID*
- Width: 3-10ft
- Watering needs:
- Sun needs: partial shade
- Soil needs: course, well-drained, low in nutrients
- Bloom Time: mid spring to mid summer
- Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes
Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This Willamette Valley native is found on dry hillsides and woodland edges, commonly after fires, from the Sisikiyou Mountains in Northern California and north to British Columbia. We recommend using this plant in woodland gardens.
Ceanothus sanguineus provides an excellent habitat for many birds and small mammals and is a food source for various wildlife. Because of its deep root system and ability to fix nitrogen, it is a good plant to aid in erosion control and improve quality of soil.
*1st photo by SevenOaks Nursery*
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