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Common Coral Tree

Afrikaans name: Gewone koraalboom

Common Coral Tree

Flowers of the Common Coral Tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

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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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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 159

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 112

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 43

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 100

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 161

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 61

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 391

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 272

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 30

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 176

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 63

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 400

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