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Bush Anemone
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About Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica) The sole species in the genus Carpenteria in the Hydrangea family, is an evergreen shrub native to California. It is closely related to the genus mock-orange genus. Common names include Tree-anemone and Bush-anemone. It is a rare species, endemic to only seven sites in Fresno and Madera Counties, where it grows in chaparral between 340-1340 meter altitude between the San Joaquin and King rivers. It is well adapted to wildfire, reproducing by stump sprouts after burning; natural seedlings are rare. In June or July it will produce attractive white anemone shaped flowers. It has a somewhat floppy habit and may benefit from being planted in a grouping rather than singly. It produces suckers which are good if you want it to spread, or need to be controlled if you don't
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
6 - 10 ft (1.8 - 3 m)

Max. Width
10 ft (3.0 m)

Rounded, Upright Columnar

Fragrant - Pleasant

Growth Rate


Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Chaparral or woodland along streambanks, gullies, moist soils, wooded slopes of the foothills of the Sierras.

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
948' - 5625'

Annual Precip. ?
22.2" - 40.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.36" - 1.18"

Coldest Month ?
40.8° F - 49.7° F

Hottest Month ?
62.5° F - 76.7° F

Humidity ?
2.19 vpd - 24.67 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils but prefers faster draining soils such as decomposed granite

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 10° F

Wildlife Attracted
Insects, especially bees and butterflies

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Water Requirement ?
Low, Moderate - High
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Prune as need to eliminate floppy branches

Pest Control
Susceptible to aphids. Resistant to oak root fungus.

Propagation ?
Seed or cuttings.  For propagating by seed: No treatment. Sow thinly. Seedlings damp-off readily.

Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Tree Anemone

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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