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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.
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