(Ceanothus cyaneus )
Photo Copyright Cliff Schmidt
Description: Tree-like, erect, evergreen shrub, 3.2-16 feet (1-5 meters) high. Has gray-green branches, and angled branchlets with or with-out very tiny hairs. Leaves pear to almond shaped, 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 inches (2-4.5cm) long, 3-veined, green and hairless above, lighter and with few tiny hairs below. Leaf stalk is 1/8-1/4 inch long. Inflorescence is panicle-like, with flower clusters 2 - 7 1/8 inches (5-18cm) long, and bright blue. Fruit is somewhat round, smooth, shallowly 3-lobed, and about 1/8 inch (4mm) across.
Habitat: Dry, shrubby slopes, chaparral. Elevation 752 - 2416 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms April - June.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B