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Flannel Bush

Fremontodendron californicum

Also known as

Leatherwood, Slippery elm

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

5m

3m

Min

2.5m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Flannel Bush Overview

A drought tolerant fast growing evergreen shrub with large, waxy looking yellow flowers in spring and summer. Originally from California it is was used by native Americans as a traditional medicinal plant and by the Californian Yokut and Kawaiisu peoples as a building and furniture material. The bark was used to make cord and nets used in snare hunting and acorn cache holding.

Common problems with Flannel Bush

Generally pest free

How to harvest Flannel Bush

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Flannel Bush

Division

Semi-hardwood cuttings

Cuttings

Propagate from seed in spring or cuttings in summer.

Seed

Special features of Flannel Bush

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Other uses of Flannel Bush

Suits a sunny wall side border in dry gravel gardens.