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Erythrina lysistemon

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

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Category:
Trees

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 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:
Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Red
Red-Orange

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive michaelhickman 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 plants that need a little shading and as a bonus they are provided with nitrogen due to the nitrogen fixing bacterial in the roots of the tree.

I have used the Erythrina lysistemon on my company logo see http://www.ecoman.co.za

Positive palmbob 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.

Regional...

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

Spring Valley, California
Merritt Island, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Gonzales, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana



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