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Crinodendron hookerianum


Chinese lantern

Unusual and exotic looking flowers

This slow growing shrub is very unusual and easy to grow. Its shiny, deep green leaves are leathery and have a silvery green underside. The stiff branches make an upright shape. Deep red waxy flowers hang in clusters over a long season from late spring until well into the summer.


Grow this South American beauty in full sun or part shade. This plant is also suitable for a large container.


Best in a moist, lime free soil that is not waterlogged in winter. Choose a sheltered site away from cold winter winds and add ericaceous compost to improve the soil. Lay a mulch of bark chippings around the base of the plant each spring. Use an ericaceous compost if growing in a container. Trim to shape if required in late summer after flowering.

Named to honour the botanist William Jackson Hooker. Director of the Royal Gardens at Kew from 1841 until his death in 1865.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging

Typically available

From April to September