The Crinodendron hookerianum is now smothered in waxy crimson lantern shaped flowers. The bees love the flowers. It is described as a small tree but here it has reached a good 20 ft in height. It was introduced by Cornishman William Lobb in 1848 from Chile.

In early 2004 I took the brave (some said foolish) decision to hard prune one plant within the stand of Crinodendron we have here. They were all rather leggy plants and the beauty of the flowers was hard to appreciate.

This pruning proved to be a huge success with rapid re-generation and amazing flowers the next year. Since then I have systematically worked through the whole group pruning 10 a year. Now we have a wonderful display with a vast majority of the flowers at eye level so you can really see the flowers in their full glory.