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Fremontodendron californicum California Glory ~ Fremontia

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.


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Fremontodendron californica, Fremontea 

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