Wordless Wednesday. Chilean Lantern Tree

Crinodendron hookerianum

Crinodendron hookerianum

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15 Responses to Wordless Wednesday. Chilean Lantern Tree

  1. Cathy says:

    Oh I love them – I had an Enkianthus in my garden when we lived in Ireland, but I never saw it really blooming to perfection – was still too small.

    • Chloris says:

      I would love to be able to grow Enkianthus,. I saw some beauties at Bodnant a few years ago. Like Enkianthus, Crinodendron needs an acid soil, mine has to live in a pot.

  2. Flighty says:

    Wonderful colour. xx

  3. Spotted lots of these growing at Marwood in Devon at the weekend. What a treat!

  4. mattb325 says:

    I love these – I don’t think they are hardy here, but I have always wanted to find out!

    • Chloris says:

      Give it a try! If you protect it from cold winds, it should be OK. I grow mine in a sheltered spot, protected by the wall of the house.

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    This is a new plant to me Chloris, is it hardy to grow here?

    • Chloris says:

      It needs protection from cold winds, the leaves go a bit black during a hard winter but it recovers all right. It needs acid soil so I grow it in a pot and keep it by the wall of the house, it is quite happy there, I have had it for a few years and just give it a top dressing each year. The one in the photo is a new one, still quite small, maybe I will take this one into the greenhouse in winter. It is worth looking after this plant, it is a wonderful sight in full bloom.

  6. Cathy says:

    Mr Hooker was responsible for all sorts of interesting plants, wasn’t he?

  7. Chloris says:

    Indeed, off the top of my head I can think of an Inula hookeri and Sarcococca hookeriana. I am sure there are lots more.

  8. Debra says:

    Beautiful. Wouldn’t it have been amazing to be someone like Hooker wandering around discovering all these treasures?

  9. bittster says:

    very special. I think if I could grow only one region’s plants I would choose the tip of South America’s flora. Maybe because they are so not suitable for my zone, but maybe because so many seem to have an exotic, prehistoric look to them.

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