Lottah Nursery Tasmania, Australia
Genus consists of two evergreen species from South America of high ornamental value: C. hookerianum, with scarlet pendant flowers and C. patagua with white flowers. Both are temperate climate plants reported to perform best under somewhat acidic soil conditions.
|C. hookerianum, Chilean Lantern Tree, is usually found growing as a shrub to 3 m or so although it may be considerably larger in the wild. Flower buds start forming in Autumn and open the following Spring extending into early Summer, and are urn shaped around 20 mm long, of a striking scarlet color.|
|C. patagua, Lily of the Valley Tree is a large shrub expected to reach 5 m under cultivation but may be found growing as a tree to 10 m in its native habitat. Flowers are campanulate white, appearing in Summer.|
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