Want flowering shrub suggestions to replace California lilac

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  1. Raeanne Steele

    Raeanne Steele Member

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    My California Lilac is turning into a tree in front of my eyes and is starting to block the view. I guess I would have to prune it with some green still showing?

    If I remove it, does anyone have any suggestions for flowering shrub replacement. It is in an exceedingly sunny area in a concrete planter.
     
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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I don't think there will be a way to do a restorative prune on the California lilac.

    You are looking for a low-growing flowering shrub? Maybe have a look at something like Cistus or other rock-roses.
     
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    Thanks very much for the suggestion!
     
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    Keke Active Member 10 Years

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    Or replace with a Ceanothus variety that is more dwarf, if you like the look and the fact that it's evergreen. There are even ground cover height species available, and I have been successful in growing them in Vancouver (south/west exposure, zero watering).
     

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