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Some of the brightest yellow flowers you’ve ever seen!

Flannel Bush. The name conjures up cozy shirts and crackling fires, sweet hot cocoa and melty s’mores. But the reality is that this vining shrub isn’t like that at all. It is a super-drought-tolerant California native that sports some of the brightest yellow flowers you’ve ever seen every spring!

This fast grower (and we do mean fast – up to 6-8 feet in just three months in Southern California) will quickly become a massive focal point in your garden. It is perfect in xeric or Waterwise garden settings, too, as it requires no supplemental water at all after you initially water it when you plant it. As a matter of fact, lawn sprinklers will quickly kill it, so situate this heat lover where it can be properly neglected.

We’ve heard rumors that you can espalier Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum) to run along a garden wall, but we’d advise you just let it do its thing. There’s a good reason. Flannel bush comes armored.

The beautiful, ivy-like blue/green leaves have small hairs that are highly irritating to humans. (Animals don’t seem bothered by them.) We strongly encourage you to wear goggles and gloves when you deal with a full-grown specimen.

So, this isn’t a ‘come-close-and-admire-me’ plant, but what it lacks in flannel-like coziness it makes up for with shocking native beauty and tolerance. This easy-grow plant is stunning on a slope and attracts hummingbirds and other wildlife to drink from the rain captured in its upturned flower cups.

Don’t let the armor scare you. Grab your gloves and order this stunner today!

* Beautiful evergreen in zone 8-10
* California native
* Tons of bright yellow flowers in spring
* Great security hedge


Flannel Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10
Growing Zones 8-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Fremontodendron califoricum
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Mature Height 10 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 7 - 10 feet
Soil Type Well Drained Rocky Slopes
Moisture Medium to Low Moisture
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Yellow, Orange
Foliage Color Green, Gray
Fruiting Time Fall