Crinodendron hookerianum (Lantern Tree)
A very beautiful and much admired large shrub or small tree grown for its delicate yet colourful crimson or carmine pink lantern shaped flowers that appear from the underside of the branches from May until August. This RHS award winning plant has leathery evergreen foliage and makes a great addition to the dappled shade of a woodland garden or a sheltered spot in the garden in full sun or partial shade. Initially slow growing and can take a while to get going, but well worth persevering with. Up to 5 metres, often smaller.
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Crinodendron hookerianum grows best in humus rich and fertile soil that is acidic (the same conditions as Rhododendrons). Although this is a hardy shrub, the young flower buds begin to form over the winter months and can be damaged by heavy frost or biting cold winds, a protected spot is advised. Once established little maintenance is required other than an occasional light trim after flowering has finished to maintain the shape and remove any damaged or congested branches.