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Embothrium coccineum (photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto)
Embothrium coccineum (photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto)

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Embothrium coccineum

Chilean Fire Bush
Proteaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

This variable plant is from the many altitudes and latitudes in Chile. It is sometimes a large, suckering shrub of variable habit. Sometimes it is a tree to 50 ft. tall and half as wide. It may be evergreen or deciduous. The deciduous forms are hardier. All have shiny green leaves that are oblong to narrow, up to 4 1/2 in. long. They also put on a showy floral spectacle in late spring or early summer, bearing clusters of long, narrow, brilliant red flowers.

Lanceolatum forms are narrow-leafed and semievergreen. It needs good drainage, acid soil, nonalkaline water, and protection from cold wind.

 

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