Erythrina x sykesii
coral tree, flame tree, Australian coral tree
Large deciduous or semi-deciduous tree of uncertain hybrid parentage (involving Australian native Erythrina species), with a short trunk and a relatively open canopy of ascending branches with rose-like thorns. Named after William Sykes, a New Zealand botanist. Compound leaves with three, heart-shaped, mid green leaflets, 7-20 cm long, 7-12 cm wide. Bright scarlet flowers to about 6 cm long, in clusters at the tips of bare branches in late winter and early spring. Has become invasive in parts of Australia, where it is difficult to control since it grows easily from root segments. branches and clippings.
Prefers a position in full sun and moist soil. Can adapt to dry areas. Withstands coastal conditions, but needs wind protection. Branches are quite brittle and easily snap off during windy days. Tolerates light frosts to about -7 deg C.
Magnificent specimen tree, in particular during winter and early spring when the canopy of bare branches is covered with masses of large, vibrant orange flower clusters.
Type of plantTree - Deciduous
Size10-15 m tall
Landscape Usespecimen tree for flower display
- Temperature: Frost tender
- Light: High
- Moisture: Low Medium High
- Soil: Light Medium Heavy
- Wind tolerance: Low
- Coastal tolerance: High