Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Erythrina Crista-Galli

Erythrina Crista-Galli otherwise known as the Cockspur coral tree was planted to great effect along the walkways in Los Cristianos, Tenerife. In the bright sunshine this shrub was a real eye catcher.

It makes a striking specimen plant but needs fertile though well drained soil. We are considering the plant as a containerised specimen though the thorny branches mean we would have to take care where we site the shrub. Eventually it would form a very large plant but could be hard pruned.


  1. Beautiful Cockspur coral tree photos!!

  2. Oh, what a beauty. Would it survive the sometimes low winter temperatures or would you need a blanket over it?

  3. Hi Pam,

    The Coral tree can be hard pruned so it would suit container growing, which would enable it to be placed inside. It likes to be dry in winter so could probably survive once established. Though I guess we all need a little winter protection.

    It is an amazing tree though!

    Seeds here

  4. Thanks Colin and Carol - I can feel a bit of retail therapy coming on - they have such gorgeous plants on that website.

    BTW. You've both done a wonderful job of the house and garden since you first got going. I hope you get lots of PGs.