Natal Coral Tree, Dwarf Coral Tree
Erythrina humeana

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Erythrina (er-ith-RY-nuh) (Info)
Species: humeana
Synonym:Erythrina princeps

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Citrus Heights, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 4, 2013, AridTropics from Bradenton , FL wrote:

Another spectacular member of a magnificent genus of trees. Saw well grown specimens in full bloom while in San Diego this past September. One of the few, perhaps the only fall-flowering species of Erythrina.

While this species used to be seen here and there in the area, my thought is many of those specimens were lost in the 89 freeze. Even so, E. humeana will take a moderate degree of cold, at least down to 26F. perhaps more before mature wood is killed. Currently trialing it here atm.

While E. humeana is reported to tolerate the cooler summers of this part of the state, Giving it a warmer spot in the garden will encourage better growth, and more blooms. A real stunner when looking for something which flowers at a time most showy trees aren't. Hummingbirds ... read more

Neutral

On Jun 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

smaller shrubby tree with dark red flowers along tip of branches. this is an African native. I think this is the only coral tree to flower in late summer to fall.