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Naked Coral Tree

Erythrina coralloides

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Naked Coral Tree (Erythrina coralloides) at Roger's Gardens

Naked Coral Tree flowers

Naked Coral Tree flowers

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Naked Coral Tree (Erythrina coralloides) at Roger's Gardens

Naked Coral Tree in bloom

Naked Coral Tree in bloom

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Naked Coral Tree (Erythrina coralloides) at Roger's Gardens

Naked Coral Tree foliage

Naked Coral Tree foliage

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Height:  30 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Flame Coral Tree

Description:

A deciduous tree with an upright, spreading habit on a furrowed trunk; dazzling orange-red flower clusters before the leaves in late winter until spring; attractive large green leaves; attracts hummingbirds

Ornamental Features

Naked Coral Tree features showy clusters of orange tubular flowers with red overtones at the ends of the branches from late winter to early spring before the leaves. It has attractive green foliage throughout the season. The large heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruits are showy tan pods displayed from late spring to early summer. The furrowed khaki (brownish-green) bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Naked Coral Tree is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Naked Coral Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Naked Coral Tree will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features