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Erythrina arborescens - Himalayan Coral Tree - 5 Fresh Seeds

Erythrina arborescens - Himalayan Coral Tree - 5 Fresh Seeds

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Erythrina arborescens - Himalayan Coral Tree

This listing is for 5 seeds of this coral tree which comes from Himalayas.

Erythrina arborescens is a small tree up to 6 metres tall with bright green, dry deciduous, leaves and prickly bark. It produces bright orange red flowers in clusters at the end of the branches which produce copious nectar. The flowers are followed by seed pods containing several hard seeds which ripen to a deep red colour.

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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