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Fremontodendron californicum x mexicanum, 5 seeds
Flannel Bush is a showy native shrub/small tree evergreen here in California. That it belongs to the same family as the Devil's Hand Tree (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon) is obvious looking at its foliage and seed pods. The velvety, fuzzy, deeply five-lobed, dark green leaves that seem to be edged in orange are sparsely borne on stout branches. In spring and summer, they provide a wonderful dark backdrop for the beautiful golden-yellow flowers. After blooming, they compliment the seed pods, which look like miniature versions of those of C. pentadactylon except that these are covered in stellate hairs that might be irriating to touch to some folks. 'California Glory' is the most popular hybrid of Fremontodendron introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 1962. It is also the winner of the Award of Garden Merit from the California Horticultural Society in 1965 and received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1967. Hardy from zone 7 onwards. 20 feet tall, 15 feet wide. Full sun. Well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Hard-to-find exclusive seeds, harvested 09/2015.