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Carpenteria californica

Tree anemone

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

This lovely Californian shrub, the only one in its genus, needs a warm sheltered spot, ideally against a wall, although in mild areas it can be grown in the open garden. It is normally evergreen, but may lose some of its leaves in a cold winter which can also cause some injury to stems. Young plants are the most vulnerable and need protection over winter. Once established the bushes are covered with large, 8cm (3in) blooms, scented and gleaming white with a prominent boss of yellow stamens. Pruning is seldom necessary. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hydrangeaeceae

Genus: Carpenteria

Species: californica

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to take cuttings: May to July

Flowering period: June to July

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