Crinodendron hookerianum and patagua
The genus Crinodendron consists of a number of evergreen species of family ELAEOCARPACEAE, from Chile and Argentina. However it is Crinodendron hookerianum and patagua that are sought after as ornamental garden plants.
These two species are of high ornamental value, C. hookeranum , with its scarlet pendant flowers is known as the Chilean lantern plant while C. patagua with its white flowers is known as the Lily of the Valley Tree.
Both are cool to temperate climate plants reported to perform best under somewhat acidic soil conditions. They will reach a height of around 5m with a similar spread. Best grown in part shade in particular with protection from the how afternoon sun. A humus rich moist soil is essential.
We ca’t say that these are ‘easy’ plants to grow, however if you have a cool position in the garden, with a moist soil then you may be able to grow these wonderful plants with their attractive waxy flowers.