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COMMON CORAL TREE
Erythrina lysistemon

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Photo Locations: Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA

General Notes

Showy flowers, thorny. Seeds are poisonous. Somewhat similar to E. caffra. May be mistakenly sold as E. princeps. Doesn't like wet soil.

Has thorns.

Native to Southern Africa.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

COMMON CORAL TREE, LUCKY BEAN TREE, TRASNVAAL CORAL TREE

Tree Characteristics

Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 10 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Trifoliate, Medium Green, Gold, Deciduous.

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

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

Bark Dark Brown or Dark Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 13 and 21 - 24, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Neutral to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids.

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 lysistemon Tree Record." 1995-2018. Feb 20, 2018.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/erythrina-lysistemon >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.