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Common Coral Tree, Cry Baby Tree, Lucky Bean Tree

Erythrina lysistemon

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


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


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Spring Valley, California

Dunnellon, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Gonzales, Louisiana

Mandeville, Louisiana

Columbia, Mississippi

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 11, 2013, michaelhickman from Durban
South Africa wrote:

Where I live Erythrina lysistemon is found growing in abundance very often as a pioneer tree on sandy soils. In recent years it has become very popular as a feature tree in landscaping because mature trees can transplanted with ease at any time of year. They are best grown from fresh seed because they grown very rapidly and under ideal conditions can produce their first flowers in the next flowering season. They can also be grown from large truncheon cuttings but tend to develop much slower.

These are very rewarding trees that grow very rapidly in particular on poor nutrient deficient soils providing large amounts of bright red flowers and nectar for a large range of birds in the winter months.

They provide ideal light shade for a whole range of ground cover ... read more


On Mar 5, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

large tree from S America with clustered flowers in winter (the banana shaped individual flowers litter the ground in later winter) when most of the leaves are gone (not 100% deciduous). Leaves fully returned late spring but no flowers then.