Chilean Lantern Tree – Crinodendron hookerianum – Plants of Distinction

The Chilean Lantern tree has one of those descriptive common names that makes it easy to idenfity when in flower. Fortunately flowering for several weeks allowing the flower buds time to swell as the blood red flowers begin to show.

The Crinodendron hookerianum is a moderately hardy shrub that will require protection from cold biting winter winds, I have been fortunate to have gardened alongside several examples of this fine and unusual shrub and proudly include the Chilean Lantern tree as one of my Shrubs of Distinction.

Often found grown in a cold glasshouse or Orangery as part of a botancial plant lovers collection of featured plants or shrubs of merit, where the added protection and shelter from cold winds help bring on early flowering.

The narrow evergreen deeply veined and pointed leaves resemble a viburnum or berberis that is until the scarlet flower buds begin to form. This slow growing shrub can be found as part of botancial collections and sheltered locations throughout much of the UK and milder areas of the World.

Chilean Lantern tree is indeed native to Chile and found growing alongside streams requiring a moist yet free draining rich fertile soil and damp air to perform at it’s best.

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Stephen Pryce-Lea

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