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Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum)

Natural History

Flannel Bush is a member of the Cacao Family. It appears as a spreading shrub or small tree growing to 30 feet in height, though usually shorter. It has long, dark green leaves with 3 shallow lobes each with 1-3 veins which grow to 3 inches in length. It grows on dry slopes in brush or pine forests.

Flannel Bush gets its name from its leaves which have a leathery and fuzzy texture reminiscent of flannel. Be aware, however, that the hairs of the leaves and young shoots can cause skin irritation.

Flannel Bush blooms between May - June and produces bright yellow flowers with five stamens to 2.5 inches in width.

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