Ceanothus x pallidus 'Marie Simon'
An old French hybrid, this is far less twitchy than some others in the genus and of a size far more suited to the home garden. Sizable semi-deciduous ovate leaves are held on burgundy stems which terminate in fluffy plumes of pink flowers. The flowers peak in early summer but continue to appear until early fall. Tolerates more water than most Ceanothus and is hardier.