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Products > Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold'
 
Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold' - SBBG Plant Introduction
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Malvaceae (w/Bombacaceae & Sterculeacea)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (F. californicum ssp. decumbens x F. mexicanum)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold' (SBBG Plant Introduction) - This beautiful native cultivar is smaller than all other flannel bushes that we grow. It forms a low mounding bush reaching only to 3 feet tal by 6 to 8 feet wide with bright shiny green leaves. From late winter through early summer (and sometimes late into fall) appear a good display of 2 to 2 1/2 inch wide yellow cup-shaped flowers that lack the darker orange on the outside of the petals that most other flannel bushes have. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil with no supplemental irrigation required once established. Summer irrigation will initially speed growth on this plant but will also shorten its lifespan so best not to water when in doubt but this selection seems a bit more forgiving in this respect compared to other cultivars. Plants in containers will need careful, but regular watering. It is frost hardy to at least 10°F and useful in USDA zone 8 and above (some report it hardier and useful down to zone 7). A great plant for planting on a slope or on other well-drained sites and its smaller size a little more garden tolerance than other cultivars makes is useful in other locations as well as in large pots. As with all of the flannel bushes, it has irritating stellate hairs on the leaves and stems that can can cause skin and eye irritation and for this reason should also be situated where it will not be brushed against. Its flowers are attractive to beneficial insects, bees and butterflies. This is a Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Plant Introduction that resulted from a cross between F. californicum ssp. decumbens and F. mexicanum that was made by Dara Emery in 1970 (SBBG#70-215). This plant had been growing in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden along the Porter trail for many years and only in 2002 was it named and released after several nurseries, including San Marcos Growers, evaluated its performance, both in containers and planted in the ground. More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction Page and in an article by Carol Bornstein in Pacific Horticulture titled Fremontodendron mexicanum, Fremontodendron 'Ken Taylor' and Fremontodendron 'California Glory' This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold'.
 
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