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Ceratostigma willmottianum is often confused with:
Plumbago Plumbago spp.
Plumbago auriculata Plumbago auriculata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Stewartia ovata Stewartia ovata
Halesia carolina Full Form
Forsythia

Ceratostigma willmottianum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ser-ah-toh-STIG-muh wil-mot-ee-AH-num
Description

Chinese Plumbago is a deciduous flowering shrub with arching red stems and pale blue flowers.  The leaves turn a stunning red in the fall providing interest in the landscape.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#deciduous shrub#fall interest#flowering shrub#fall color red#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#deciduous shrub#fall interest#flowering shrub#fall color red#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ceratostigma
    Species:
    willmottianum
    Family:
    Plumbaginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tibet, China
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Description:
    The pale blue flowers resemble plumbago, hence the common name.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Diamond-shaped 2" long bristly leaves turn red in the fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Red brown arching