Common Name: Flannel bush
Cultivar: 'California Glory'
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Time to plant seeds: March to May
The two species of Fremontodendron, both tall evergreen shrubs from the USA, are vigorous but not quite hardy, and should be grown against a sunny warm wall in all but the mildest gardens. It grows well in dry or chalky soil - if the soil is too moist and fertile, the resulting soft young growth is more vulnerable to frost and cold winds. 'California Glory' is a hybrid between the two species, F. californicum and F. mexicanum, and is hardier than either, with larger, more brilliant flowers, which appear over an exceptionally long season. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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