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Erythrina x bidwillii 'Red Showers'

Common Name:
Coral tree
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Fabaceae (The Pea Family)
Geographic Origin:
Hybrid origin
California Native?:
Plant Size:
10 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Summer and fall
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This spectacular Herb Kelly selection is variable in height and shape, with long, arching stems. The leaves are bright green and softly shiny. 1-2 foot spikes of glowing red, beak-like blossoms are borne almost any time during the growing season. It should have fairly frequent pruning to develop an attractive shape. Sun or light shade, reasonably well drained soil, moderate watering. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F., resprouting after apparently lethal winter damage.