Carpenteria californica Torr.
Bush anemone, Tree anemone, Tree-anemone
Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)
USDA Symbol: CACA17
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Size Notes: Height 6-15 feet, spread 4-6 feet.
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flower white with yellow stamens.
Native Distribution: Fresno Co., CA
Native Habitat: Dry, wooded, granite ridges & slopes; 1500-4000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, granitic soils.
Conditions Comments: Do not overwater or overfeed this plant as it will grow rank with too much care. Deer generally ignore bush anemone.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Introduced to cultivation around 1875.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds , Softwood Cuttings
Description: Seed germination without treatment is excellent. Sow thinly. Seedling damp off easily. This species may also be increased using suckers or cuttings from young stems.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Carpenteria californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carpenteria californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carpenteria californica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff