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Fremontodendron mexicanum (Mexican flannelbush)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Fremontodendron mexicanum

Fremontodendron mexicanum Davidson

Mexican flannelbush, Southern flannelbush, Southern fremontia, Mexican fremontia

Sterculiaceae (Cacao Family)

Synonym(s): Fremontia mexicana

USDA Symbol: FRME2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A tall, sturdy shrub, 6-15 ft. high and 10 ft. wide, with fuzzy, gray-green foliage. The yellow flowers fade orange over a long bloom period. Since they occur among the leaves, they do not make showy masses.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit:
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun

Distribution

USA: CA
Native Distribution: San Diego Co. & adjacent Baja
Native Habitat: Dry canyons around 1500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained, rocky soil.
Conditions Comments: Must have excellent drainage as roots are prone to rot. Very fast growing. Not for deer areas.

Propagation

Description: Propagation by seed is possible.
Seed Collection: Collect when the capsules begin to split.
Seed Treatment: Seeds require scarification in hot water followed by cold-moist stratification at 35 degrees for 12-16 weeks to obtain germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: Q2OZ
Status: Endangered
Historic Range: U.S.A. (CA), Mexico
Critical Habitat: 17.96(a)
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Bibliography

Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Fremontodendron mexicanum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Fremontodendron mexicanum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Fremontodendron mexicanum

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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