Posted: 04/08/2014 at 17:54
Ceanothus do not like being pruned yet they need to be in most gardens to keep them compact. They can suddenly give,up the ghost and die for no apparent reason. Yep, they are usually a short to very short lived plant.
Take too much off a ceanothus and it is likely to suffer die back. Better to prune annually removing flower stems on young wood.
There is likely to be a difference of opinion re ceanothus .......I guess personal experience and successes/failures determine what advice is given.
Down here ceanothus grow well and big if they are allowed to. But even these suddenly disappear after a few years.
My feeling is they prefer slightly acidic soil, good drainage, sun and shelter from the coldest winds and frosts. For me they are a temporary planting preferring varieties with smaller leaves like Concha. Grown for 4 or 5 years and then discarded at first signs of die back
Agree cuttings are easy......taken from the host ASAP they will be nice size shrubs by the time the host is past it's best.