Fremontodendron mexicanum Davidson
Mexican flannelbush, Southern flannelbush, Southern fremontia, Mexican fremontia
Sterculiaceae (Cacao Family)
Synonym(s): Fremontia mexicana
USDA Symbol: frme2
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Native Distribution: San Diego Co. & adjacent Baja
Native Habitat: Dry canyons around 1500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
PropagationDescription: 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 StatusUSFWS Species Profile: Q2OZStatus:
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Fremontodendron mexicanum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Fremontodendron mexicanum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Fremontodendron mexicanum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff