Crinodendron patagua

Crinodendron patagua, or the lily of the valley tree, grows in the borders around the Tentorium in the University Parks. Originally from Chile, it’s a generally hardy large, evergreen shrub that will grow to 8m (25ft) high and spread to 5m (15ft) wide. Bees love it and use it for honey production. It is a vigorous rounded, upright shrub that with glossy leaves and white bell-shaped flowers with fringed petals from now until mid- to late September. It grows best in partial shade, but can tolerate full sun if the roots are shaded. Soil should be humusirich, fertile and moist but well-drained. The plant is hardy to -10oC, although it can suffer some foliage damage in colder weather.

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