Water Wise Plants
6 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide or possibly larger
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Full to half sun
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips
Carpenteria is an evergreen shrub and works well as a background shrub or in mixed plantings under oaks. It is a fairly flexible plant. It will tolerate light to moderate water and full sun to partial shade.
One drawback of this plant is the brown leaves don't always drop off in summer. If this shrub is in a very visible spot, you may want to cut off the brown leaves for a cleaner appearance. Last fall we radically pruned our Carpenteria to rejuvenate it and control its size. We will be trying the variety 'Elizabeth', which is supposed to be a smaller plant with more abundant flowers.
Carpenteria californica is a UC Davis Arboretum All-Star and a California native.