Fremontodendron 'Pacific Sunset'

Flannel Bush

‘Pacific Sunset’ is very much like ‘California Glory’ in habit, but it is much more resistant to disease. Introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, it grows in a broad V shape up to 20 to 30 feet high if unpruned. In can, however, be restrained if pruned correctly, early, and frequently. Do not make cuts into old, heavy stems which are slow to heal. In any case, think carefully when choosing a spot for it and keep its large size in mind. It features a wealth of large, cupped, lemon yellow blossoms in spring and early summer. This plant is spectacular alone or planted with the larger Ceanothus.

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.