CARPENTERIA CALIFORNICA.--Sierra Nevada, California, 1880. This is

undoubtedly one of the most distinct and beautiful of hardy shrubs.

That it is perfectly hardy in England and Ireland recently-conducted

experiments conclusively prove, as plants have stood unprotected

through the past unusually severe winters with which this country has

been visited. When in full bloom the pure-white flowers, resembling

those of the Japanese Anemone, render it of great beauty, while the

light gray leaves are of themselves sufficient to make the shrub one of

particular attraction. The Carpenteria is nearly related to the Mock

Orange (Philadelphus), grows about 10 feet in height, with lithe and

slender branches, and light gray leaves. The flowers, which are pure

white with a bunch of yellow stamens, and sweet-scented, are produced

usually in fives at the branch-tips, and contrast markedly with the

long and light green foliage. It grows and flowers with freedom almost

anywhere, but is all the better for wall protection. From cuttings or

suckers it is readily increased.

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