Carpenteria californica


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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)

    Fabulously fragrant, cup-shaped, pure white, anemone-like flowers in June and July and lustrous, dark green leaves. This summer-flowering, evergreen shrub looks marvellous grown against a sheltered, south or west-facing wall, protected from cold, drying winds. It's upright then slightly spreading form is perfect for training into a fan-shape.

  • Garden care: After pruning lightly cut back any shoots that spoil the symmetry of the plant.

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Amazing plant planted by front door and admired by everyone

By zebedee

from kent uk

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy


    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about Carpenteria californica:

    Plant against a sunny wall

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    • Q:

      Could I grow this in a container in front of a sunny greenhouse with some support?
      Asked on 12/5/2017 by Janjan from Cheshire

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      • Plant Doctor



        It would be possible, however I would say that ideally these should be planted out into the ground.

        Answered on 18/5/2017 by Helen from crocus
    • Q:

      Hi! I bought a carpenteria from you some years ago. over the last 2-3 years its leaves have developed brown spots which turn grey, then the whole leaf turns grey as it shrivels and dies. new growth seems unaffected, and it has produced normal looking flower buds. it is in a relatively sheltered back garden, against a west facing 6ft fence made of panels, behind which the neighbours have a tall laurel hedge. is it frost damage? or a fungus infection? I have a rhododendron Gumbo nearby whose leaves are never affected by frost but I have to protect flowers if hard frost forecast. camellia williamsii totally unaffected.
      Asked on 4/6/2015 by gwentgran from llansoy monmouthshire

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        These plants can be susceptible to fungal leaf spot, and I suspect this is what is affecting yours. This can be caused by a number of things, but is most often a sign that the plant is stressed in some way. From the information you have given me, the thing that stands out is the fact that it is planted close to a tall laurel hedge, and this may be taking up the lions share of water and nutrients in the soil. Therefore I would try to make sure that this Carpenteria gets plenty of food and water and you should start to see an improvement.

        Answered on 5/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
    • Q:

      Potato grower bags and protection for pruned Plum tree branches......

      Hello, I desperately need some protective solution/chemical that I can apply to the pruned branches of my Plum tree and was wondering if you have any such solution/chemical in stock. I shall start pruning my plum tree in March. I have been advised by the nursery where I purchased my Plum tree that the tips of the pruned branches need to be dabbed with this protection. Hope you can advise? Also can you tell me if you stock "POTATO GROWER BAGS"? Thanks Kind regards, Francis
      Asked on 29/1/2010 by Francis Faleiro

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      • A:

        Hello Francis, I suspect the nurseryman was referring to Arbrex for the plum tree, which unfortunately we do not sell, but it can be bought on the internet. As for the potato growers bags, we do sell these ones, which might be suitable I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 1/2/2010 by Crocus Customer Services
    • Q:

      Dear Helen, Thank you very much for your very prompt and extremely helpful reply. I have bought a number of plants from Crocus over the years and have always been very pleased with them and the service offered. Your kind and prompt help has just added to my already very good impression of this site. Thanks again. Best Regards Barbara
      Asked on 23/10/2009 by Anonymous

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        Answered on 2/6/2015 by Anonymous
    • Q:

      When and how to prune a plum tree

      Dear Sirs, We have a lovely Victoria plum tree, which is about seven years old. Each year it has produced an abundance of fruit, however, we would like to keep the tree manageable and not allow it to get too big. It has not been pruned since planting and wonder if we should now think of doing so in order to keep it in shape and stop it getting too big for our garden. Do you think this is a good idea and if so, when do you consider the best time to prune our tree? Look forward to hearing from you and many thanks for your time. Best Regards Barbara
      Asked on 23/10/2009 by Anonymous

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      • A:

        Hello Barbara, It is dangerous to cut back plum trees in winter as it can make the susceptible to Silver Leaf, so ideally you should wait until midsummer to prune your established tree. As for the eventual height though, this will largely be determined by the type of rootstock the plum has been grafted onto. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 23/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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