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Erythrina crista-galli (Coral tree, cockspur coral tree)

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Plant description

erythrina christa galli coral tree

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A deciduous tree with showy spikes of brilliant red flowers in summer.  Older trees have lovely gnarled trunks with great character, though they do bear spines. The flowers are rich in nectar, so are useful for attracting insects.

Erythrina are native to Brazil and Argentina. They prefer a warm dry climate, and thrive in sandy, moist soils in a sunny position. They are reasonably drought tolerant once established. They can do well in poor soils, as they fix their own nitrogen.

 

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Red
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 10 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 8 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 4.5-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose if needed.

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