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Ceanothus

By David Fross and Dieter Wilken

If it is possible for one book to give this genus the recognition it deserves, then 'mission accomplished'.

Garden Compass

Though it has an unrivaled range of blue flowers and includes plants suitable for many gardening and landscaping situations, this North American native genus has long been underutilized. Its species range from Canada south through southern Mexico and from coast to coast, and there are forms from ground-hugging mats through shrubs to trees. A complete horticultural and botanical treatment of the genus aimed at both gardeners and botanists, this book finally gives Ceanothus — with so many plants that tolerate sun and shade, thrive in arid conditions, and bear a profusion of beautiful, fragrant flowers — the recognition it deserves.

Media reviews

"The authors of Ceanothus have achieved their goal of advancing the knowledge of the genus, creating a valuable resource for gardeners, landscapers, and botanists with an interest in this beautiful, versatile ... plant."

—Tom Karwin, Pacific Horticulture

"Clearly, this book is an invaluable guide when selecting a suitable Ceanothus for the garden."

—Judy Wigand, San Diego Union-Tribune

"I have frequently been asked, by those who have encountered Ceanothus in their travels, what species could they grow where they live and where could they obtain it. This book will provide the proper responses."

—Clifford L. Schmidt, Native Plants

"This beautiful new book offers a complete horticultural and botanical treatment of the genus aimed at both gardeners and botanists, giving Ceanothus the recognition it deserves."

Ironwood, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

"If it is possible for one book to give this genus the recognition it deserves, then 'mission accomplished'."

—John Bagnasco, Garden Compass

"This is the first book since the 1940s to explore the range of ceanothus available and all their planting possibilities. Written by a botanist and a nurseryman, it's a welcome combination of plant listings and information on how to successfully cultivate ceanothus."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"I found this book to be an excellent resource. It includes clear and practical information about each of a long list of Ceanothus species, selections, and hybrids that are best suited for cultivation in residential landscapes."

—Tom Karwin, Monterey County Herald

About the authors

David Fross

David Fross is the founder of Native Sons nursery in Arroyo Grande, California, which is devoted to producing the finest California native plants for landscapers and retail nurseries.

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Dieter Wilken

Dieter Wilken is a botanist in charge of many programs and collections at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which is dedicated to research, education, conservation, and the display of California native plants.

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