Ceanothus integerrimus, 3"x9" band pot
Description: deerbrush begins flowering along the Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Range, southwest Oregon’s Siskiyous, and parts of the lower Coast Range and Willamette Valley fringe. Erect or spreading in its form, this deciduous shrub of the buckthorn family produces lovely conical clusters of white or pale-blue flowers that project from the ends of its branches. Deerbrush has many great qualities to bring to the native garden, including high pollinator value to bumblebees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and nitrogen-fixing abilities of its roots that improve soil conditions wherever grown. You’ll find this species works well on dry banks, as hedgerow, in woodland gardens, or along the back of a rock garden in moist to dry soil. Deerbrush can be grow from cuttings if you’re wanting to retain a desired color.
photo credit: Ceanothus integerrimus (deerbrush), Joe Decruyenaere, Flickr, (CC BY-SA 2.0)
photo credit: Deerbrush, Anita Gould, Flickr, (CC BY-NC 2.0)