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Carpenteria californica (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)
Carpenteria californica (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)

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Carpenteria californica

Bush Anemone
Philadelphaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

Native to a very restricted area in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada in California’s Central Valley. Attractive, formal-looking shrub grows slowly to 4–6 ft. tall and wide; many stems rise from the base. Older bark is light colored and peeling; new shoots, purplish. Thick, narrow, 2–4 1/2-in.-long leaves, dark green above, whitish beneath. In late spring and summer, clusters of scented, 1 1/2–3-in., yellow-centered white flowers like anemones appear at branch ends.

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