I have seen
Fremontodendron californicum grown in a wide variety of soil types and exposures. The common denominator to
success is a drying out period between irrigation cycles. Because the
success of growing this plant is inconsistent at best I always plant
Fremontodendron californicum in the Fall to get it completely established before summer. Fremontia can
grow to 15 feet tall and nearly as wide. The dusky leaves and the large show yellow flowers are a knockout
from early to mid spring and continue with a few flowers throughout the rest
of the year. The most common cultivar in our area
is California Glory. Nurserymen warn about watering Fremontia
in the middle of a hot day. The combination of hot roots and the
water can wreak havoc with the plants. Fremontodendron California
Glory can be pruned as a shrub, as a tree or as an excellent Espalier.
Fremontodendron Ken Taylor is
a somewhat lower and more compact hybrid.
High resolution photos of Fremontia California Glory are part of our garden image collection.