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.