Ceanothus ovatus Desf.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Ceanothus ovatus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/ceanothus/ceanothus-ovatus/). Accessed 2020-02-28.

Genus

Glossary

alternate
Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
panicle
A much-branched inflorescence. paniculate Having the form of a panicle.
viscid
Sticky.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Ceanothus ovatus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/ceanothus/ceanothus-ovatus/). Accessed 2020-02-28.

A deciduous shrub 2 to 3 ft high, with viscid, slightly downy young stems. Leaves alternate, narrow oval, 1 to 212 in. long, 12 to 1 in. wide, bluntish or pointed at the apex, tapered or rounded at the base; glabrous and glossy, or slightly hairy beneath; stalk slender, 16 to 14 in. long. Flowers white, produced in short-stalked, rounded clusters, the whole forming a loose panicle.

Native of S.E. and Central United States. It differs from C. americanus by its smoother, differently shaped leaves, never heart-shaped at the base, and shorter-stalked flower clusters. It flowers from June onwards, but the true plant is not common in gardens.


var. pubescens (Torr. & Gr.) S. Wats

This variety is similar to the type in habit, but the young shoots and the under-surface of the leaves are permanently downy.

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