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Erythrina lysistemon/Lucky Bean Coral Tree

Erythrina lysistemon / Erythrina lysistemon
Brilliant red flowers
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Brilliant red flowers

Flowers on a tree at a Southern California botanical garden in January

Seed pods


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Scientific Name: Erythrina lysistemon
Common Name: Lucky Bean Coral Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Winter
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Winter
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This tropical tree is native to South Africa. It produces brilliant red flowers before new foliage appears. The compound leaves consist of three leaflets, although the tree is leafless for four to five months of the year. There are pricles along the leaf stems and midribs of the leaves. This tree is sometimes referred to as the "Royal" Tree and were once planted at the graves of the Zulu chiefs.