Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from summer until fall. This drought-tolerant shrub makes an excellent screen or hedge plant. (Unfortunately, the flowers don't have the signature lilac scent.)
Now comes a new variety of California lilac that features uniquely colored foliage. Ceanothus 'Tuxedo' has the same attractive flowers and vigorous growth habit as other California lilacs, but the foliage is a dark purple making for a dramatic contrast with the lavender flowers.
For more information on this new California lilac, go to: Tesselaar Nurseries.