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Erythrina amazonica - Amazon Coral Tree - 5 Fresh Seeds

Erythrina amazonica - Amazon Coral Tree - 5 Fresh Seeds


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Erythrina amazonica - Amazon Coral Tree

This listing is for 5 seeds of this coral tree which comes from South America

Erythrina amazonica is a small tree up to 5 metres tall with bright green, dry deciduous, leaves and prickly bark. It produces glowing pink flowers in large clusters at the end of the branches which produce copious nectar, the colour of the flowers is most unusual in this genus as they are generally red or orange/red, the magenta pink colour of these flowers is very striking especially when the tree flowers before the first leaves appear. The flowers are followed by seed pods containing several hard seeds which ripen to a deep red/brown colour. It will flower whilst still quite small, making it very suitable for growing in a pot.

The root is a taproot with nodules produced by nitrogen fixing bacteria. The bacteria live in symbiosis with the tree, facilitating the tree's absorption of nitrogen in return for organic substances which the bacteria need. The tree's trunk is woody with irregular, spiny branches. The leaves are generally dry deciduous, falling off during the dry season. The growth habit lends itself well to radical pruning to keep the tree in shape and would, therefore, be ideal for bonsai culture. It is not at all hardy, so will need to be grown in a pot and kept out of any freezing weather no matter what temperate zone you are in. Of course, if you live in an area which really does get no frost at all, ever, then this can be grown outside where it will attract wildlife to your garden with its brightly coloured flowers.

Full instructions can be found here.

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