Excerpts from Jim Conrad's
from the May 15, 2005 Newsletter issued from the Sierra Nevada foothills
somewhat east of Placerville, California, USA
Fremontia, also called California Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum) is spectacular when flowering, a small tree up to 15 feet high and with yellow flowers as large as 2 inches across. Note the small, figlike leaf just below the blossom in the picture below. Its evergreen leaves are covered with reddish-brown hairs. In the foothills it is abundant south of Mariposa County and sometimes planted beyond its native distribution.