EMBOTHRIUM or CHILEAN FIRE BUSH

An extremely beautiful evergreen tree, native to Chile, with vivid tubular crimson-scarlet flowers in late spring. It is not reliably hardy, except possibly in the south-west where it may ultimately grow to a height of 25 ft. A well-drained soil (preferably with little or no lime) is essential. Increase by suckers which can be removed from established trees in March.

There is some confusion about the naming of embothrium species, but the form usually catalogued as Embothrium coccinewn lanceolatum (Norquinco Valley form) is the most suitable one to try in gardens. This has been grown successfully in Surrey and Sussex and it is worth recording that the original species has been cultivated as far east as Norwich.

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