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Ceanothus, New Jersey Tea 'Gloire de Versailles'

Ceanothus x delilianus

Family: Rhamnaceae
Genus: Ceanothus (see-an-OH-thus) (Info)
Species: x delilianus (de-lee-lay-AH-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: Gloire de Versailles
Synonym:Ceanothus x delilianus



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Martinez, California

Richmond, California

Southbury, Connecticut

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Tullahoma, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This hybrid cultivar has been healthy and long-lived here in Boston Z6a, at least in full sun and well-drained soils. (Well drained soil in winter is essential.)

I'm beginning to wonder if there isn't more than one plant in cultivation under this name. I see photographs of vividly blue flowers, yet the plant I know has pale flowers whose anemic color is often described as powder blue but seems closer to steel gray. It also stays in bloom for only about two weeks. I've never observed any ornamental fruit or fall color.

There are other Ceanothus x delilianus cultivars I'm eager to try out. But this one was a disappointment.

C. x delilianus is a hybrid derived from C. americanus, a widespread eastern species, and C. coeruleus from Mexico. It is one... read more


On Oct 6, 2011, Morganics from Tullahoma, TN wrote:

Why this plant is so rare in the trade I'll never know. Uniform in habit (6' tall x 5' wide), my specimen blooms from spring until frost, pest-free. Bees and butterflies love it. It requires no dead-heading or any other maintenance. The nonstop profusion of pale lavender blooms contrasts beautifully with the rosy bundles of berries (they look like little raspberries) and dark green leaves - which take on a burgundy tint in late fall. My plant has been content like this for 6 years, even surviving a transplant without complaint. If you can provide 6 hours or more full sun and rich garden soil you will be similarly rewarded. It's a great specimen in the mixed border, but I contend that it would also make an outstanding deciduous hedge.