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Crinodendron patagua
Crinodendron patagua

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Crinodendron patagua

Lily-of-the-Valley Tree
Elaeocarpaceae
Evergreen, Trees

CRINODENDRON

Little-known evergreen shrubs or trees from Chile with leathery leaves, somewhat stiff growth habit, and attractive flowers. They thrive in wet spots; take regular lawn watering, but should be watered deeply once a month to encourage deep rooting. Need good drainage.

Crinodendron patagua

Somewhat like an evergreen oak in general appearance; sometimes called flowering oak. Grows to 25 ft. tall and almost as wide, with upright branching and a rounded crown. Leaves 2 1/2 in. long, dark green above, gray green beneath, with irregular toothed edges. Bears hundreds of 3/4-in.-long, bell-shaped white flowers in summer, sometimes into fall. Blossoms are followed by attractive cream-and-red seed capsules that drop and can be messy on paving. Tends to be shrubby; or some branches may turn down while others stick up. Early staking and pruning are important in training as a tree.

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