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Fremontodendron 'California Glory'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fremontodendron (free-mon-toh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Cultivar: California Glory

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative rhowarth On Jul 21, 2013, rhowarth from London
United Kingdom wrote:

We have had a beautiful Fremontia of this type in our garden for four years. Because we are having a run of hot weather in London, I was watering the garden wearing sandals last Sunday evening and, without realising it, water which had been in contact with this plant got into my sandals, under my feet. By the next morning, the soles of my feet were so uncomfortable, with a visible allergy rash, that I had to go to the doctor. She gave me a strong steroid cream to apply twice daily until it went. Even so, on Tuesday my feet were so painful, I could hardly walk! Fortunately, the rash and pain began to disappear thereafter and they have now recovered. So one really does have to take care with this plant - we have now removed it from our garden as I don't want to risk our grandchildren or visitors having the same thing happen to them!

Positive Patsyjasper On Mar 8, 2012, Patsyjasper from Newcastle
United Kingdom wrote:

Planted 4 years ago on south wall in NE UK.
Now 4m high and still going up. Went through -12C with minimal damage.
Tougher than reported, but I suspect that the position is important.

Positive Clover1 On Apr 2, 2005, Clover1 from Hercules, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love the bright saffron yellow flowers that cover this plant in early April. In my garden, it thrives with no watering. It is a native California plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boulder Creek, California
Hercules, California
Richmond, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Seattle, Washington

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