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COCKSPUR CORAL TREE
Erythrina crista-galli

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Photo Locations: Sacramento, CA, Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI and Cal Poly Campus - San Luis Obispo, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Showy flowers, long blooming, thorny. Seeds are poisonous.

Has fragrant Flower.

Has thorns.

Native to South America.

An Erythrina crista-galli in Sacramento Capital Park #81 is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 34 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 136 inches and a crown spread of 99 feet.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

COCKSPUR CORAL TREE, CRYBABY TREE, FIREMAN'S CAP TREE

Tree Characteristics

Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 15 - 20 feet.

Width: 15 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Trifoliate, Dark Green, Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Pink or Red. Flowers in Spring, Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown Pod, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall Wildlife use it.

Bark Red Brown, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 7 - 9, 12 - 17 and 19 - 24; H1.

USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids, Oak Root Rot, Root Rot and Sooty Mold.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Poisonous Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Erythrina crista-galli Tree Record." 1995-2018. Feb 24, 2018.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/erythrina-crista-galli >

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