Mountain sweet is a low-growing, broad, compact, deciduous shrub. Dark-green leaves are irregularly toothed, 2 to 3 inches long, and softly hairy or nearly hairless beneath. This plant bears profuse white flowers in 1- to 2-inch-long terminal clusters.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsTolerates poor growing conditions. Native to the eastern U.S.
CareIdeally, plant in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Relatively lime tolerant. Expect 5-10 years' lifespan. Prune in early spring, followed by mulch and balanced fertilizer application.
PropagationRoot greenwood cuttings in mid- or late summer.
ProblemsDieback, powdery mildew, mushroom root rot, fungal leaf spots, and Verticillium wilt are common. Caterpillars, scale insects, lacebug, and mealybugs occur.
- Genus : Ceanothus
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
- Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
- Light : Full Sun
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
- Flower Color : White