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Crinodendron hookerianum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Red in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Chile lantern tree

Family

Elaeocarpaceae


Crinodendron are evergreen shrubs or small trees, with leathery, dark green leaves and nodding, urn-shaped flowers in the leaf axils

C. hookerianum is a dense, medium-sized evergreen shrub to 6m, with rigid, narrow, dark green leaves and fleshy, lantern-shaped, crimson flowers 2.5cm in length from late spring to late summer

Other common names

  • lantern tree

Synonym(s)

  • Tricuspidaria hookerianum

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in a moist but well-drained acidic soil in a sheltered position in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Wall-side Borders or City/Courtyard Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free