Common Name: summer lilac, California lilac, Victoria lilac
Origin/Ecology: Native to southwest U.S.
Habit: Round, arching, upright, dense, twiggy, spreading, growing to 5 m tall, 5 m wide.
Leaves: Simple, leathery, heavily veined, pinnate venation, glabrous, lustrous, obovate, entire, dark green, crenate.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers pale-dark blue, terminal/lateral panicles <8 cm long.
Water Use, Soil: Well-drained, rocky or gravelly or dry
Exposure: full sun
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, erosion control, screening, summer interest, tall background
Limitations: Pest and disease resistant
Other Features: Nitrogen-fixing root nodules