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Erythrina Variegata



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Erythrina Variegata tree description

Erythrina Variegata (Variegata)is a large tree, up to 100 feet in height, but commonly less in cultivation. It has a broad spreading crown of moderate density with many short branches. The bark is gray and smooth, but armed with curved spines. Leaves are green, alternate, deciduous and pinnate, with a prickly leafstalk about 10 inches long, and 3 broad leaflets, each 6 inches in length. Flowers appear before the new leaves come and are a spectacular show with long dense clusters of bright crimson blooms, 2 -3 inches long; hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.

Erythrina Variegata use and cultivation

Furthermore, fruits are bean-like cylindrical pods about 15 inches long and constricted between the reddish-brown seeds. Propagation by seed or cuttings. Besides the plant has reported medicinal uses and livestock can feed on the foliage. Erythrina Variegata (Variegata) tolerates a range of soil types, well-drained to seasonally waterlogged. Also it responds well to pruning. In addition to being a showy bright crimson flowering plant for gardens, parks and along streets thanks to their aesthetic impact on the urban landscape,  as variegata can be grown as a living fence, for shade, such as in coffee plantations, and associated with food crops to provide soil nitrogen.

Other known common names: Indian Coral Tree and tiger’s claw.

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Additional information

Common Name

Variegata, Tiger Claw

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native



Flowering Season


Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Flower Color


Plant Type

Deciduous, Flowering

Growth Rate

Fast Growth Rate


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