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PLANT OF THE MONTH: June 8, 2015

embothrium

Plant Name: Embothrium coccineum

Plant Location: On the main house

Plant Notes: Despite being a beloved shrub in the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Embothrium coccineum, or Chilean fire tree, has NEVER been the plant of the month!  Rod Parke used to say that when the Chilean fire tree was in bloom, it looked like the house was on fire.  The bright red flowers on this South American native look like a spike of fire, even now when the shrub is a tree standing tall above the farmhouse. This plant is available in MsK Nursery, albeit in small numbers.