- Common Name(s):
- Blue Blossom, Blueblossom
Blue blossom is an easy to grow broadleaf evergreen shrub in the buckthorn (Rhamnaceae) family. It has truly blue flowers which all gardeners know can be incredibly difficult to find. It can be used for screen and background plantings in large spaces and on slopes. This shrub is very low maintenance, the evergreen leaves stay put and the blue flowers fall off individually, and are easily blown away by the slightest wind.
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Spring, Mid may-Mid June
Play Value: Wind Screen & Buffers; Wildlife Enhancement
Wildlife Value: Flowers attract hummingbirds, honey and bumble bees. The densly packed foliage provides excellent cover for songbirds.
- 4-12 ft.
- Leaves are alternate, simple, deep glossy green, to 5 cm long, three prominent veins on the underside, tip obtuse to acute, margin sometimes gland-toothed.
- Thumb-sized flowers range from blue to white, in 7.5 cm spike-like clusters. Just before buds open they are pinky-lavender. Fruit about 3 mm, glandular-sticky, slightly lobed.
- Full sun to partial shade, may freeze with colder winters. Needs good soil drainage and does best in alkaline soil.
- Upright, rounded
- 5-6 ft.
NCCES plant id: 3195