Botanical Name: Fremontodendron californicum
Common Name: Common Flannel Bush  
Plant photo of: Fremontodendron californicum
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Water Saving Tip:

As the weather gets hotter avoid the temptation to increase run times.

Instead, schedule more start times with one to two hours in between to allow the water from the previous session to soak in before watering again.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Park


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Screen, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by:
Photographer: Steve Mullany/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

California Flannel Bush is a fast growing evergreen shrub that grows from 15-20 ft. tall. It has 3'" lobed leaves and a mass of 3" flowers that bloom in spring and early summer. It needs good drainage. It is a California native plant that is drought tolerant and attracts butterflies. - Cornflower Farms
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.