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ERYTHRINA crista-galli

Cockspur Coral Tree

Stock: Available

$3.60

Family: Fabaceae

Characteristics: Evergreen tree 3-6 m spread 3-6 m

Seeds per packets: Aprrox. 5

The national tree and flower of Argentina the Erythrina crista-galli is well known for its bright red pea-shaped blooms, which appear in spring and throughout the summer.
A very attractive fast-growing tree that is popular as a street tree in warmer climates the cockspur coral tree also makes a great specimen tree, or it can also be pruned and grown as a shrub or in pots and containers.

Prefers well drained soil in a sunny position but will tolerate poorer drained. Frost resistance but drought tender.

Native to Brazil.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 20-25°C for this species.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow the depth of seed keep warm & moist but not wet.
  4. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 20-25°C

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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