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Erythrina coralloides (Naked Coral Tree)

Naked Coral Tree, Flame Coral Tree, Erythrina americana


Noted for its four seasons of interest, Erythrina coralloides (Naked Coral Tree) is a small, deciduous tree with a low rounded canopy. Brilliant red flowers, resembling pinecones, bloom at the tips of its naked, twisted, black-thorned branches from early spring to early summer. At the end of the flowering season, the trifoliate leaves unfurl, providing shade in summer, then turn glorious shades of yellow in the fall. Then they drop, revealing the interesting branching pattern which is as magnificent as the floral display. Naked Coral Tree is an excellent ornamental flowering tree or shade tree. Its salt tolerance makes is well-suited to seaside gardens.

  • Grows up to 20-30 ft. tall and wide (6-9 m).
  • Easily grown in sandy, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought and slat tolerant.
  • Great as a specimen plant in Mediterranean gardens, cottage gardens and containers.
  • Virtually disease free and pest free. Keep an eye out for shot hole borer, aphids, sooty mold.
  • Prune annually to prevent limb breakage.
  • Propagate by softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Seeds are poisonous.
  • Native to Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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