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Products > Erythrina coralloides 'Bicolor'
Erythrina coralloides 'Bicolor' - Naked Coral Tree

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Fabaceae = Pea Family
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 20-30 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Erythrina coralloides 'Bicolor' (Naked Coral Tree) - This interesting form of the common Naked Coral Tree has white flower clusters, red flower clusters and mixed colored clusters on the same plant from February to June. It is quite a stunning sight. As with the typical form, this deciduous tree from Mexico grows to 20-30 feet and is useful in a sunny dry garden where its sculptural mustard-brown trunk and thorny stems crowned with clusters of flowers can be best appreciated. Hardy to frosts to the mid 20's F. We have long wondered where this tree originally hailed from. Our plants came from a single plant that Lotusland Botanic Garden donated to the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society for a plant sale held in 1984 or 1985. Lotusland never accessioned the plant and it there was never a planting of it in their garden. There is speculation that this unique plant with some flowers white and others red is a sectorial chimera with two genetically distinct tissue types together within the same stem. The Huntington Botanic Garden had a similar (maybe the same) plant located in the garden near the Oxford gate (Huntington Accession # 49424). Their records had the plant coming to them in 1984 from Melchior Camarillo of San Fernando Valley. Sadly this plant at the Huntington Botanic Garden nol longer exists, but there is a nice specimen of it planted near the adminstration building (Cheadle Hall) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which also has one of the best collections of coral trees in California.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Erythrina coralloides 'Bicolor'.