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Commonly known as Chilean fire bush
EvergreenOblong to lance-shaped mid- to deep-green leaves to 12cm (5in) long
TreeUpright, freely-branching, suckering tree or shrub. Flowers are 3-4.5cm (1¼-1¾in) long and are carried in dense racemes to 10cm (4in) long.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Full sunshelter from cold winds.
- Mature Size
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- Goes Well With
- Planting Combinations
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowAn introduction from the 1840s by Cornish plant hunter William Lobb (1809-1864).Pests & DiseasesRed spider mites in greenhouse possibly.Place of originSouthern Chile.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsBorderSuitable for a sheltered, sunny borderSuitable for small gardens
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich.Neutral to acid soil
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly columnar
- Embothrium seed collection and storage
- Propagation of Embothrium - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young trees - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Clearing up fallen beech tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning and Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video
Buy Varieties of EMBOTHRIUM coccineum
hardiest form of the Chilean fire tree with scarlet flowers. A difficult plant to establish so expect some losses, but vigorous and easy when it gets going. Dislikes fertiliser