The Q&A Archives: Difference Between Carmel Creeper And Blue Sapphire Ceanothus

Question: I have a landscape plan that calls for carmel creeper ceanothus. I mistakely purchased blue sapphire ceanothus.

How similar or dissimilar are they? Can the blue sapphire be used in place of a carmel creeper?

Any advice or considerations?


Answer: Ceanothus 'Carmel Creeper' is a groundcover type plant growing 18-24" tall and 5-15' wide. Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire' grows 2-4' tall and wide. The foliage is similar but 'Blue Sapphire' has larger flower clusters that bloom in a slightly deeper color. The stems of this plant are arching, where the stems of 'Carmel Creeper' are horizontal and lower to the ground. I think these plants are similar enough to be used interchangably in groundcover situations.


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