Friday, March 20, 2009
Fantastic Fremontodendron - First Flower
Finally my baby California Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum) has bloomed. Above is its first flower ever.
These drought tolerant, deer resistent native shrubs can grow to be 6-10 feet across, but I think I've seen some larger.
I've caged it because I've learned from experience that you have to cage all babies. Deer totally stripped the last one I tried.
It is not fire resistent. I planted it way down far from the house. Also people can be allergic to the foliage so you should put it where you don't have to do much pruning or brush past it.
But it does bloom profusely in spring with these large yellow flowers and I am so happy this one is growing well. And the foliage is very interesting. New leaves are rosy and then they turn a grayish green.
I put mine where it can provide some screening from the road, not that it's a busy road, and also to provide nice color for neighborhood walkers to enjoy, when it - hopefully- grows large.
Here's a shot to show placement - picture is a bit busy but - The plant (between stakes holding the chickenwire cage) is a few feet away from the fence between me and my neighbor on the right - who is an avid grower of palms and fruit trees and other interesting things. You can see the nose of a truck on the road below to the left. And coyote brush seedlings all around - I'm going to have to hoe those up unfortunately. That's what happens when you clear chaparral - the seed bank just explodes with life.