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Tambookie Thorn
Erythrina acanthocarpa

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Erythrina (er-ith-RY-nuh) (Info)
Species: acanthocarpa (a-kan-tho-KAR-puh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Coral/Apricot

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Marino, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Mulberry, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 7, 2008, popper1 from Lakeland, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Like most Erythrina, this species is easy to grow from seed, if you can find it. Unlike most Erythina, however, this one can be harder to get to root from hardwood cutting. Leaflets are smaller than most Erythrina. Flowers are amazing. Has large caudex just underground, can get very large. Very little water when dormant.

Positive

On Mar 31, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

It is a sparsely branched and leaved spiny shrub with the most incredible colored flowers in the late winter to early spring.. orange-red near the base and yellow to gold near the tips. To see a scraggly, leafless dead-looking shrub with these incredible flowers is a great sight. Not a good tree to plant near a walk way- ouch! Even the leaves have small hooks on the back of them to grab you. Rare in cultivation- been looking for one and yet to see one for sale.

Finally found some seedlings... and proceeded to rot nearly all... Needs very little (or NO) water when it's warm out. Rainwater in winter seems to be well tolerated, though.