Fremontodendron californicum (Flannel Bush)
This fast growing bush can reach a height of up to twenty feet tall and wide. The leaves have a leathery and fuzzy texture reminiscent of flannel, and large yellow orange flowers that bloom in the spring and summer.
You can prune this plant as needed. You shouldn’t cut into old wood, prune hard, or make large pruning cuts. The foliage and young stems have brown hairs that can be irritating and might cause a rash.
- Plant in full sun
- Best in lighter soils with moisture nearby. Their favorite spots are sandy washes with moisture down 8 ft or so below grade level. In heavy soils any extra rainfall or one summer watering will kill the bush after it three years.
- Best if not watered once established
- Drought tolerant
- Attracts bees, birds, and butterflies
- Hardy up to 20 degrees
- Native to California