Victoria California Lilac (Ceanothus impressus ‘Victoria’)

Victoria California Lilac

Incredible flower power and fun, fine-textured foliage make Victoria California LIlac (Ceanothus impressus ‘Victoria’ ) an outstanding landscape shrub. This water-wise native delivers plenty of showy charm! From late spring through early summer, the Victoria Ceanothus is simply covered in a haze of indigo-blue flowers.

The shiny, textured leaves and clustered blooms of this valuable broad-leaved evergreen shrub are petite, but their sheer scale makes an enormous impact! Local hummingbirds, butterflies, and beneficial pollinators will also appreciate this nectar and pollen-rich choice!

Victoria California Lilac is a selection of the hardy native shrub that joyfully runs amock in landscapes and in the wild of North America! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 7 to 10, these easy-care flowering ornamentals grow quickly to their 4-8 foot height and width.

Planting and Application:

Create a beautiful, blowsy hedge or mass plant for a phenomenal color display and easy-care planting that commercial landscapers are clamoring for! Or install a cheerful, living privacy fence with help from a planned Victoria California Lilac hedge. Try these larger-scale broad-leaved evergreen shrubs to define outdoor garden rooms.

Get a fast fill by spacing each shrub five feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

You can certainly use a single Victoria shrub as a specimen. This treatment is wonderful behind patio seating, a crown jewel in a Rock Garden, or planted on the north side of Butterfly Garden perennials.

Shrubby and tree-form California Lilacs are fantastic specimens and focal points in the garden, but also incredibly as hedges, privacy and screening, backdrops and foundation plantings where their year-round green leaves really shine! Plus, this native plant is recommended for use as part of the defensible space near homes and structures!

These are also nitrogen-fixing plants, that like Legumes, create nitrogen at their own roots, and help everything around them grow a bit greener! Plus they are vital resources for pollinators in your area!

Turn a slope into a big landscape asset. Fill large swaths of ground in low-maintenance beauty, including hard-to-mow, eroding slopes and hillsides. Plant them in staggered rows for a dynamic effect that requires very little care beyond weeding. Hardy and adaptable, Victoria is also tolerant of coastal conditions! So use this low-maintenance choice to decorate sea walls with wind-tossed blooms

  • Profuse Clusters of Vibrant Indigo-Blue Blooms
  • Wonderfully Fragrant!
  • Vital Pollen & Nectar Resource
  • Broad-Leaved Evergreen With Glossy Foliage
  • Hedges, Specimens, Small Multi-Trunked Trees or Large Bushy Shrubs
  • Perfect for Xeriscape Gardens & Firescaping

Tips for Care:

They require well-drained soil with full sun or partial shade with at least four hours of sunlight a day. Victoria grows well in either full sun or light shade, so will work throughout your landscape for a consistent theme. Adapted to a wide range of different types of soil and thriving in poor soil, in fact, California Lilacs do their best in lean soils that have great drainage! They are truly perfect for the xeric garden and drought-tolerant landscape!

If your soil holds water, you’ll need to use raised beds or plan to mound up. Add additional soil in a mound 18 – 24 inches high, and plant directly in the mound. Prune right after blooming to remove spent flowers and to keep your plant looking even and full. Many people like to pinch the ends of young Victoria shrubs at that time to encourage a bushier growth habit. Deer seldom bother with this selection, but it’s a really good idea to always use repellent if you live in deer country.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Any Well-Drained Clay, Sand, Poor & Rocky Soil
  • Tolerant of Coastal & Saline Conditions
  • Deer Seldom Bother It
  • Grows Without Supplemental Water Once Established
  • Nitrogen-Fixing Plant

Gorgeous blue blooms and a hardy nature that gives back to its environment, the fantastic Victoria California Lilac is an easy to please evergreen flowering shrub that will be the highlight of your new garden design!

Victoria California Lilac (Ceanothus impressus ‘Victoria’) Details

Common name Victoria California Lilac
Botanical name Ceanothus impressus 'Victoria'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 7-10
Growth rate Fast
Height 4 - 8 ft.
Width 4 - 8 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Blue