- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained soil, humus-rich acid soil
- Rate of growth: initially slow-growing
- Flowering period: May to August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
A beautiful, ornamental, evergreen shrub or small tree named after the lantern-shaped, crimson to deep carmine-pink flowers, suspended from the undersides of its branches from May to August. This award-winning lantern tree is perfect for a partially shady woodland garden with humus-rich acid soil. Initially slow-growing, in cold areas it's best grown in a cool greenhouse or conservatory to minimise the risk of frost damage to the young flower buds.
- Garden care: After flowering lightly cut back any shoots that spoil the symmetry of the plant.
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Q:Our Crinodendron is over eight years old and grows well in the Highlands. A much admired plant. After flowering, it reveals brown velvet like pods enclosing white seeds. Can these be harvested to produce further plants?Asked on 15/9/2016 by Lanky from Inverness
Usually these plants are propagated by semi hardwood cuttings but I believe you can grow them from seed, but it is not easy, and can take a long time for them to germinate.Answered on 16/9/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi Can you grow Crinodendron hookerianum in a pot?Asked on 28/4/2016 by Su from Sutton
Yes, it is possible to grow this in a really large pot filled with ericaceous compost, provided it is kept well fed and watered.Answered on 3/5/2016 by Helen from crocus
My Wife and I live in a Park Home on a Park Home estate, like most of our neighbours we only have pots laid out on paviors, If we brought Crinodendron Hookerianum Tree and put it in a pot of Tree and shub compost, would we hamper the plants developement and therefore not have it flowering.
Regards AllenAsked on 23/5/2014 by Allen from Swansea South Wales
Keeping this in a pot would indeed restrict its growth and ultimately it would be happier planted in the ground, however that's not to say that you cannot enjoy it (and its flowers) in a large pot filled with ericaceous compost for several years.Answered on 30/5/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I have a Crinodendron in the garden of my "new" house. How do I care for it?
It has been pruned back and now stands about 3ft. tall. Actually it had self pruned and we only cut off the dead branches. The house is in Kidlington ,Oxford.Asked on 14/4/2014 by Garden fairy from Kidlington
These plants are happiest in either a sunny or partially shaded position with shelter from cold winds. The soil should be fertile, moist but well-drained, with lots of organic matter and an acidic pH. They require little pruning, apart from removal of dead wood in late spring.Answered on 16/4/2014 by helen from crocus
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