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Cockspur Coral Tree

Erythrina crista-galli

a.k.a. Ceibo

One of the most striking of the flowering coral trees, this species is a common ornamental in some parts of the world, roundly appreciated for its bright red, profuse blooms.

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Description

A small to medium sized deciduous tree often to 10-15ft, but occasionally to 30ft. Being a member of the legume family, the tree is a nitrogen-fixer. The beautiful red flower, born en masse during warm months, have a sort of pea flower-like look to them.

Hardiness

Hardy to 25F, possibly a bit lower.

Growing Environment

Grows nicely in full sun and even in somewhat arid climates. Once established, it needs minimal irrigation. Grow in well-drained soil.

Propagation

By seeds. Seeds should be soaked in warm water for up to 24 hours prior to planting. This species is also propagated via half-ripe wood cuttings and new growth cuttings.

Uses

A popular ornamental in parts of South America and California. The tree's flower is the national flower of both Argentina and Uruguay.

Native Range

Native from Brazil, through Paraguay, Uruguary and Argentina.

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