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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 our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Erythrina coralloides 'Bicolor'.