(New Jersey Tea) This native shrub is commonly known as New Jersey Tea or California Lilac. Marie Bleu™ gives us a truly garden worthy Ceanothus hybrid that combines strong growth, dark green leaves, hardiness, and unusual lavender blue flowers. Lavender blue flowers? That's right Marie Bleu™ is a great flowering shrub with loads of misty lavender blue flower heads that cover this compact plant in late spring. Then shear lightly after blooming to promote a stronger re-bloom in the summer. Adding to the attraction of lavender blue flowers, in the late summer red seed head capsules create additional garden interest. Semi-evergreen in the southern states. Dies back to the ground in the northern states (roots are hardy).