Joy Creek Nursery

940-001D4   Embothrium coccineum     ( Chilean fire bush )

Embothrium coccineum
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We were once reluctant to grow this tree in our garden because we had heard it was not winter hardy in the Pacific Northwest. Our friend Roger Gossler of Gossler Nursery Farms encouraged us to try it. We are glad we did. This particular selection of Embothrium coccineum has been slower to grow than the other two we have tried. Now, after eight years in the garden, it stands less than ten feet. Size, however, has not prevented it from putting on an amazing show. Racemes of brilliant tubular flowers set the garden ablaze. When it is not in bloom, the narrow, lance-shaped, mid-green foliage creates a nice back-drop for surrounding perennials. We planted this evergreen tree in a protected site to keep it safe from drying winter winds and to give it shade from the hottest sun..

May, June.  30 ft. x 15 ft.

Scarlet flowers

Part Shade     Zones 7, 8, 9

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
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