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Does anyone know what this tree/shrub could be?

Josie19Josie19 Posts: 3



Just stayed in a cottage in devon and in the garden there was an amazing plant. I think the soil it was growing in was acidic so possibly a type of rhododendron? Also, it could be tender since the garden was in its own 'microclimate'. I also saw it growing in multiple places around where i was staying and it was about 3-4 metres high mostly. I hope this helps. Thanks!


  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Crinodendron hookerianum

    Chinese lantern tree

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    If it's growing in acidic soil and in a micro climate situation, it's probably Crinodendron Hookerianum.

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

    That's a stunner.  Lovely to see your photos of this Josie19.

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455

    One of the few plants I've lost along the way.  This one is fabulous.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,080

    Crinodendron hookerianum , originally from Chile . Appreciates a moist slightly acidic soil in dappled shade . If pot grown , use only rain-water.

    I have a white-flowered species , (C.patagua) also from Chile , but is too young to have flowered as yet.

    (Can't wait though)!!

  • garden geekgarden geek Posts: 138

    Have had crinodendron for about 20years very easy to propagate from cuttings,if you take the cuttings as soon as new flowers start to form i find they will hang on and flower the next year,new flowers start to form as soon as the old ones are dropping off,,they are tiny and take a year to get to full size, it is a spectacular large bush/tree,ours is about 8feet by 8feet and is covered in flowers,the hard winter of 4 or 5 years ago looked as though it had killed it,but we cut all the dead off to about 2feet from the ground,and it soon recovered and is back to full height and glory now,west facing aspect,they are also evergreen so make a really good plant.

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