CEANOTHUS AMERICANUS.--New Jersey Tea. North America, 1713. A shrub of

4 feet in height, with deep green serrated leaves, that are 2 inches

long and pubescent on the under sides. Flowers white, in axillary

panicles, and produced in great abundance. This is one of the hardiest

species, but succeeds best when afforded wall protection.

C. AZUREUS.--Mexico, 1818. This species, though not hardy enough for

every situation, is yet sufficiently so to stand unharmed as a wall

plant. It grows from 10 feet to 12 feet high, with deep-green leaves

that are hoary on the under sides. The flowers, which are borne in

large, axillary panicles, are bright blue, and produced in June and the

following months. In a light, dry soil and sunny position this shrub

does well as a wall plant, for which purpose it is one of the most

ornamental. There are several good nursery forms, of which the following

are amongst the best:--C. azureus Albert Pettitt, C. azureus albidus,

C. azureus Arnddii, one of the best, C. azureus Gloire de Versailles,

and C. azureus Marie Simon.

C. CUNEATUS (_syn C. verrucosus_).--California, 1848. This is another

half-hardy species that requires wall protection, which may also be

said of C. Veitchianus, one of the most beautiful of the family, with

dense clusters of rich blue flowers and a neat habit of growth.

C. DENTATUS.--California, 1848. With deeply-toothed, shining-green

leaves, and deep blue, abundantly-produced flowers, this is a

well-known wall plant that succeeds in many parts of the country,

particularly within the influence of the sea. It commences flowering in

May, and frequently continues until frosts set in. It is a very

desirable species, that in favoured situations will grow to fully 10

feet high, and with a spread laterally of nearly the same dimensions.

C. PAPILLOSUS.--California, 1848. This is a straggling bush, with

small, blunt leaves, and panicles of pale blue flowers on long

footstalks. A native of California and requiring wall protection.

C. RIGIDUS.--Another Californian species, is of upright, stiff growth,

a sub-evergreen, with deep purple flowers produced in April and May.

There are other less hardy kinds, including C. floribundus, C.

integerrimus, C. velutinus, and C. divaricatus.

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