California flannel bush

California flannel bush
Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
Fremontodendron californicum
Fremontodendron californicum
California flannel bush

This native plant is blanketed with showy yellow blossoms in spring. Notably drought-tolerant, California flannel bush thrives in hot, dry climates and fast-draining soil. It has a somewhat wayward growth habit, sending out a mix of long and short fast-growing shoots. What it lacks in form and outline, it makes up for in flowering when it explodes with color in spring. Trim the tips of overly long shoots to promote branching, and remove lower branches to create a tree form. California flannel bush is a great shrub for hillsides, mixed borders, and rock gardens. Quick-draining soil is a must.

genus name
  • Fremontodendron californicum
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • To 10 feet wide
flower color
season features
problem solvers
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

More varieties for california flannel bush

Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold'

'Dara's Gold' flannel bush

Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold' is a low-growing selection of flannel bush. It grows 3 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. Use it to anchor a hillside. Zones 8-10

Fremontodendron 'El Dorado Gold'

'El Dorado Gold' flannel bush

Fremontodendron 'El Dorado Gold', a shoulder-high evergreen shrub, is a good choice for an informal hedge in hot, dry climates. It grows 4 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Zones 8-10

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