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Products > Fremontodendron 'California Glory'
Fremontodendron 'California Glory' - Flannel Bush

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Malvaceae (w/Bombacaceae & Sterculeacea)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (F. californicum x F. mexicanum)
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Fremontodendron 'California Glory' (Flannel Bush) - The most robust flannel bush that we grow, reaching 20 feet tall and as wide with velvety, deeply-five-lobed leaves sparsely covering the branches. The 3-4 inch wide lemon-yellow cup shaped flowers have a reddish tinge to the outside of the petals and are displayed in great abundance in spring and summer. Ideally suited to a well-drained soil in full sun with no supplementary water once established. Summer irrigation will initially speed growth on this plant but will also greatly shorten its lifespan so best not to water when in doubt. It is hardy to around 15 degrees F. The fuzz (stellate hairs) on the leaves can be very irritating to the skin, and protection should be worn for the eyes if a person needs to work with this plant. This very showy large plant is one of the best native California cultivars where one has the room to grow it. This hybrid of Fremontodendron californicum and F. mexicanum was named and introduced by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 1962. The name of the genus was named in combination with the Greek word 'dendron', meaning "tree", as a dedication to John Charles Frémont (1813-1890) who first collected Fremontodendron californicum during an 1846 expedition to Alta California. The leaves have a leathery and fuzzy texture reminiscent of flannel that gives these plants their common name. This large evergreen shrub is displayed on the cover of the 40th edition of Sunset Western Garden Book. It is the winner of the Award of Garden Merit from the California Horticultural Society in 1965 and received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1967. We have grown this great cultivar since 1982 and also grow Fremontodendron 'California Glory', Fremontodendron 'Ken Taylor' and Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold' The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Fremontodendron 'Calif. Glory'.