Shrubs: California Lilac in the Virtual Garden Tour at the Ohlone College Newark Center

California Lilac (Ceanothus griseus)

  • Perennial shrub with shiny oval leaves and clusters of blue flowers
  • Native to California; other members of the genus are endemic to North America
  • Highly fragrant and colorful, Ceanothus is eaten by deer and other wildlife, and historically has been used by Native Americans and early settlers.

—Photos by Lenna Withrow.