Lantern tree

Crinodendron hookerianum

Lantern tree - Crinodendron hookerianum

Common Name: Lantern tree
Genus: Crinodendron
Species: hookerianum

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to August

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

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.
  • Rate of growth: initially slow-growing
  • Garden care: After flowering lightly cut back any shoots that spoil the symmetry of the plant
  • Goes well with: Kirengeshoma palmata, Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki', Enkianthus campanulatus, Polygonatum odoratum, Dryopteris filix-mas, Eranthis hyemalis.