Another fabulous shrub from Chile, and a real show-off of a plant, brought to this country in the mid 19th century. Crinodendron Hookerianum is commonly called the lantern tree on account of the clusters of pendant urn-shaped flowers which are a brilliant carmine red and dangle from long stalks from early to mid-summer. The dark green foliage is narrow, glossy and leathery in appearance. Sun or semi-shade. Well drained acid soil. To 15 feet. 2 litre pot.
Crinodendron Hookerianum does best in a sheltered spot away from icy winter winds, which can damage the foliage and juvenile flower buds which are carried through the winter months. Cosset it for it is a thing of beauty indeed.
Prune to keep to desired size and shape after flowering. May also be tidied in mid-spring.
This species of crinodendron is named in honour of William Jackson Hooker, who was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in the mid nineteenth century.
Crinodendron Hookerianum is a large hardy evergreen shrub with pointed leaves and hanging red flowers from spring to summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.
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