Chiranthofremontia lenzii

Hybrid monkey's hand tree

Plant Type: Tree
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 30' X 20'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Austin Griffith produced this hybrid in the early 80’s by crossing the Mexican monkey hand tree, Chiranthodendron pentadactylon, with the California fremontia hybrid Fremontodendron ‘Pacific Sunset.’ Formally, it should be listed as x Chiranthomontodendron lenzii. In broad terms, one might say that it is most similar to the Mexican monkey hand tree in appearance, and more similar to fremontia in cultural needs. It grows as a single to multi-trunked tree in a rounded fairly open form to about 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The leaves are large, deep green and shiny on the upper surface. The blooms, which do combine the characteristics of both parent plants, cover the plant in the warm months with conspicuous flame-orange flourishes. Like the fremontia, the hybrid monkey hand tree does best in a sunny, well-draining site with little or no water once established. This ornate plant is a wonderful small tree, suitable as the centerpiece of a xeric planting.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen