Choice Of Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Woodland, CA
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Question by crfarnham
April 14, 2001
I just returned from a trip to Orange County in southern California. I saw some beautiful trees that to me (not a gardening expert in any way!) resembled a magnolia tree. They had a very strong curvy bark with no leaves but these brilliant red flowers. I was told by people living in the area that they are coral trees. Would this tree grow well in northern California (I'm in the Sacramento area)?

Answer from NGA
April 14, 2001
There are several species of Erythrina (Coral Tree) but only one will grow in your gardening region. E. crista-galli, the common coral tree, is a semi-evergreen shrub or tree growing 15'-20' tall and nearly as wide. It grows larger in frost-free areas and can bloom three times each year if conditions are right. If you plant one, try to provide an area protected from wind.

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