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Coral Tree
Scientific Name: Erythrina crista-galli L.
Synonym:
Family: Fabaceae
Coral Tree (Erythrina  crista-galli)
A Coral tree flowering in early May.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 7-9,12-17,19-24
USDA: 8b-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun, or afternoon shade in Phoenix

Origin: Brazil

Growth Habits: Shrub or small tree to 20 feet tall (6 m)

Watering Needs: Regular to occasional water, well drained soil

Propagation: Easily from seeds and semi hardwood cuttings


The unusual flowers of the Coral Tree are very attractive to hummingbirds. They come in long spikes, and are reminiscent of sweet peas.

Coral Tree (Erythrina crista-galli), U.S.D.A. Drawing, courtesy Hunt Institute

Cultural Practices:
Erythrinas are native to tropical areas around the world. In zone 8 and occasionally in zone 9a, it freezes to the ground and grows back in the spring.

Blooming Habits:
Red blossoms in several waves between spring and fall.

Fruiting Habits:


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