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.

California Flannel Bush Overview

Genus Name Fremontodendron californicum
Common Name California Flannel Bush
Plant Type Shrub
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width null to 10 feet
Flower Color Yellow
Season Features Spring Bloom
Zones 10, 8, 9
Propagation Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant

Varieties of California Flannel Bush

'Dara's Gold' Flannel Bush

Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold'

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

'El Dorado Gold' Flannel Bush

Fremontodendron 'El Dorado Gold'

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. Plant in zones 8-10.

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