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ERYTHRINA fusca

Purple Coral Tree

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Family: Fabaceae

Characteristics: Evergreen tree 5 m spread 3 m

Seeds per packets: 3

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A deciduous tree with spiny bark, oval in shape 3-6cm long and 2-5cm wide and scarlet red pea flowers that occur in summer and spring. 
Flowers are produced long shoots which attract many bird species.

Prefers a moist well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought and frost tender.

Endemic to Asia, Oceania and Africa.

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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