Chilean Lantern Tree
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen shrub or tree; may reach 30 ft (9 m) in the wild, but in cultivation often a multistemmed shrub to about 13 ft (4 m); branches straight and ascending. Leaves are simple, opposite (occasionally alternate or whorled), narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 5-10 cm long, acute apex, margin serrate, usually turned under (revolute), glossy dark green above with impressed veins, the underside is paler and downy; short stalked. Flowers are lantern like, hanging below the branches, 3-6 cm long, petals (5-6) are scarlet to maroon, 5 fused green sepals, 15-18 stamen, and a style exerted beyond the stamen. The fruit is a green to tan capsule with 3 to 5 valves.
- Part sun, bright shade, regular moisture
- Hardy to USDA Zone (8b) 9 Native to the temperate rainforests of Chile, where it grows near streams in shady and humid areas.
Crinodendron: from the Greek, krinŏn, lily, and, dendron, tree. hookerianum: honors Sir William J. Hooker, a famous English botanist who studied many Chilean plants and the Director of Kew Gardens from 1841 to his death in 1865.