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Carpenteria californica (Bush Anemone)

Bush Anemone, Tree Anemone


One of California’s loveliest shrubs, Carpenteria californica (Bush Anemone) is a medium-sized, bushy, evergreen shrub boasting loose clusters of up to 20 showy, pure white, sweetly scented flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), at the end of its branches. Blooming from late spring to mid-summer, each flat, anemone-like blossom encases hundreds of bright yellow stamens. The lush foliage of thick, narrowly elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves, 3 to 4 in. long (7-10 cm), makes a lovely backdrop to the flowers. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, Bush Anemone is a charming ornamental shrub that can be used as a specimen where its luminous flowers will light up a shaded corner of the garden. Equally beautiful massed against a wall or bordering a path.

  • Grows up to 4-8 ft. tall and wide (120-240 cm). Can grow as tall as 8 ft. tall (240 cm) and 12 ft. wide (360 cm) in the wild.
  • Performs best in well-drained soils in full sun . Appreciates dappled shade in hot summer climates. Good drainage in light, sandy soil is preferred. Site this plant in a sheltered area of the garden. Do not fertilize. This California native can survive on very little water once established.
  • Great for wall-side borders or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Keep an eye out for brown scale or leaf spot. Deer resistant.
  • Bush Anemones usually maintain an attractive rounded form. If pruning is necessary to shape or restrain growth, cut back after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Native to California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 8 – 9
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 48" – 96" (120cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 8 – 9
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 48" – 96" (120cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden

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