Ceanothus x pallidus
Such a gorgeous, useful shrub, and yet hardly known! An East/West Coast hybrid, ‘Marie’ is easy going, cold hardy, tough and adaptable to both clay and poor soil. How great that it blooms repeatedly Summer thru Fall with a profusion of fluffy scented light pink 3” panicles on contrasting wine red stems. With a nice, bushy habit, it’s great in a mixed bed, dry bed or as filler in a rose garden. Can reach 5’ x 5’, but you can cut it back hard in Winter for a shorter silhouette. Butterflies! Deer resistant! Hardy to 5 degrees F.