of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services
Form -Evergreen. Moderately fast growing small tree to 20' high with equal
spread; variable form tending to round or spreading. Weight of flowers
and seed capsules cause branches to droop.
Trunk - Older bark is persistent, rough, reddish brown.
Foliage - Open on slender stems. Lanceolate mature leaves are
4 to 6" long and 1/2 to 1 1/4" wide, light grayish green to golden green,
are borne alternately. Juvenile leaves may be blunt and round.
Flowers/fruit - Decorative buds are bronze to bright red with a yellow,
beaked operculum resembling miniature lanterns. The buds are 3/4" long
and 3/8" wide and turn yellow and coral red before opening to the flowers
of coral pink or yellowish white. Blooms occur from October through June,
and intennittently in summer. May flower as early as one year old. Cup
shaped seed capsules are 1/4 to 1/2" long and of equal width, with corrugated
significant pest problems are known at this time.
Sunset zones: 16, 17, and 21 - 24. Hardy to 29°.
Clearances - Suitable for 2' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts. Suitable
under utility lines.
Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns
Moderately drought and heat tolerant. Needs staking and corrective pruning.
Does well in semi-arid and wann inland climates.