Australian Coral Tree
We fell in love this tree when traveling through Brisbane. Erythrina x sykesii (Australian Coral Tree) is a medium to large semi-deciduous tree with spreading form to 30 feet tall by 30 feet wide. The bright red flowers are showy fall through spring but are most noticeable while the tree is deciduous in late winter to early spring. As it is a hybrid it does not produce seed like many other Coral Trees. It prefers full sun and deep watering. This tree is a bit hardier than the more common Erythrina caffra and will withstand temperatures down in the low 20's degrees F for short durations without damage to the harder wood. Erythrina x sykesii origins are a little unclear. The oldest known plant is in the Brisbane Botanic Garden in Australia where it has been growing since the beginning of the 20th century. Unrelated to the naturally occurring Erythrina in Australia (E. variegata, E. vespertilio and E. phlebocarpa), this cultivar has become a common sight throughout Australia.