Coral tree is a flowering tree with a dense, upright crown. The trunk has a broad base, three diamond-shaped leaflets make up the compound leaf, flowers are claw-shaped, and curved spines adorn the tree. The leaves can be solid green or variegated. Branches are bare in the winter as the coral tree deciduous. The coral tree puts on brilliant displays of red or white flowers.
The coral tree has an extensive geographic distribution and is widely cultivated in warm areas of the world. It has a plethora of uses: agroforestry, structure support for vining crops, nitrogen fixation, shade, medicine, food, cosmetics, fiber, paper, wooden implements, and tools.
Air layering and cuttings are the only way to ensure offspring will look like the parent tree.
Coral trees and the native wiliwili share similar characteristics, habitats, and pests as they are relatives.
- Container plant
- Lei flower
- Nitrogen fixer
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers