Fremontodendron 'California Glory'

Flannel Bush

This popular Flannel Bush (a hybrid between F. californicum and F. mexicanum) was introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. It grows in a broad V-shape 20 to 30 feet if unpruned, though it can be restrained by early and frequent pruning. However, avoid making cuts into old, heavy stems as they are very slow to heal.

In spring and early summer it bears a wealth of large, cupped, lemon yellow blossoms. It is spectacular alone or in combination with the larger Ceanothus (Ray Hartman, Blue Blossom, Concha, etc. ). Plant it in very well-drained soil in a sunny spot and give it very little or no water once it is established.

Wildlife value: Ground-feeding birds eat the large black seeds. The fragrant flowers attract butterflies and other insects and insectivorous birds. Deer browse the foliage.

Uses: A tea made from the bark relieves throat irritation. The inner bark may be used as a poultice on wounds.