• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Ceanothus 'Italian Skies'

Californian lilac 'Italian Skies'

Californian lilac 'Italian Skies'

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Californian lilac 'Italian Skies'

  • Genus Ceanothus can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees, with simple leaves and small blue, pink or white flowers in profuse axillary or terminal clusters. They are fast-growing but may be short-lived

  • Family Rhamnaceae / Rhamnaceae

  • Species 'Italian Skies' is a spreading medium-sized evergreen shrub with small, glossy dark green leaves and small bright blue flowers in compact conical clusters in late spring


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests Can get scale insects

Diseases May be affected by honey fungus and Phytophthora root disease

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