Red Stem Ceanothus/Oregon Tea Tree
Ceanothus sanguineus, tall band pot
Red stem ceanothus is a robust little shrub named for its purplish to reddish stems and bark which is visible when the thin, deeply veined oval leaves fall in autumn. Panicles of fragrant tiny white flowers bloom from late spring to mid-summer and attract pollinators making this shrub an ideal candidate for dry spots in the butterfly or pollinator garden. Generally preferring sunny spots with well-drained soils, it does well in poor, rocky, or disturbed sites and can actually improve soil quality through nitrogen fixation. Its adaptability can add cover, wildlife resources, and erosion control to difficult areas.
photo credit: Ceanothus sanguineus - redstem ceanothus, Matt Lavin, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED