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Brazilian Coral Tree, Corticeira-da-Serra
Scientific Name: Erythrina falcata Benth.
Synonym: Erythrina martii, Erythrina crista-galli var. inermis, Corallodendron falcatum
Family: Fabaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 19-24
USDA: 10-12

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia

Growth Habits: Semi evergreen or evergreen tree, round-headed, generally multi-trunked, 30 to 40 feet tall (9-12 m); trunk red brown when mature; leaves with 3 leaflets

Watering Needs: Occasional deep watering, needs good drainage

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings, self sows

The species epithet comes from the Latin for 'sickle', referring to the shape of the flower.
Erythrina falcata is the largest of the Coral trees cultivated in the Southwest. It is close to Erythrina crista-galli.

Blooming Habits:
Deep red flowers in lax clusters, in late winter, early spring, occasionally any time during the year. The trees have to be well established before blooming, and this can take several years.

Fruiting Habits:

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