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Crinodendron hookerianum
  • RHS AGM

Chile lantern tree

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
Synonyms
Tricuspidaria lanceolata
Tricuspidaria hookerianum

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green
Summer Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Elaeocarpaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Chile

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained acid soil in a sheltered position, in partial shade or in sun where the roots can be kept cool and shaded

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8, restrict pruning to removal of dead wood in late spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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