It is native to interior western North America, in the U.S. states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming, growing in the mountains at 1600–3000 m altitude.
It is fragrant and as showy clusters of waxy, white flowers that appear in late spring on the shrub, with the added interest of flaking, reddish-brown bark.
Jamesia as heavy-textured, green foliage transforms to brilliant orange and pink tones in the autumn.
This western native adds winter interest with its silvery silhouette — an excellent choice for dry conditions.
Jamesia americana is a lovely deciduous shrub from the Northern USA.
The foliage is a soft green and lightly scalloped, held on stems to a height of around 1.5 metres high and wide.
Its flowers are very much hydrangea-like, and it belongs to the Hydrangea family of shrubs.
Five petals to each flower give it the common name of Fivepetal Waxflower, and it does have a waxy texture also.