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Monkey Hand Tree*

Chiranthofremontia x lenzii

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Monkey Hand Tree (Chiranthofremontia x lenzii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Monkey Hand Tree flowers

Monkey Hand Tree flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9


Flowers are 8 cm in diameter, emerging among lush tomentos foliage that ads a soft texture; a yellow "monkey's hand" is formed from the flower stamens and are bright yellow

Ornamental Features

Monkey Hand Tree is bathed in stunning orange star-shaped flowers with indian red eyes along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive burgundy flower buds. It has attractive grayish green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The fuzzy lobed leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Monkey Hand Tree is an evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Monkey Hand Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Monkey Hand Tree will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features