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Common Coral Tree

Afrikaans name: Gewone koraalboom

Common Coral Tree

Flowers of the Common Coral Tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Erythrina lysistemon

The Common Coral Tree is endemic to South Africa and is well known for its stunning flowers.

It is a medium size tree that can grow to 12 metres in height.

The beautiful orange-red flowers not only appeal to humans - they appeal to birds and insects as well. The only difference is that the birds and insects aren't there to look at the flowers!

The flowers are evident for a few months from early spring onwards and at this stage the tree has shed most of its leaves.

Common Coral Tree

Common Coral Tree

Photo © Steven Herbert



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