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Erythrina variegata, Erythrina indica, Coral Tree, Sunshine Tree

Erythrina variegata, Erythrina indica

Coral Tree, Sunshine Tree
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Brazil
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliageThorny or spinySeaside, salt tolerant plant

Erythrina is a genus containing some 100 trees and shrubs, most with spiny trunks and branches and a number that produce strikingly beautiful flowers. It has large three-parted leaves that may be solid green or boldly patterned with bright yellow; in regions with a pronounced dry season, these fall once a year and are followed by beautiful scarlet blossoms. There is also a less common white-flowering variety. It likes full sun and well-drained soil and bloom best after a period of drought. Quite large cuttings root easily. Season: Winter.

E. indica picta, one of the most commonly seen, desired especially for its unusual variagated leaves.

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