Erythrina corallodendron L.

Frost-tender, deciduous, prickly, shrub or small tree with racemes, to 30cm long, of deep scarlet-red flowers in spring and summer, the flowers opening after the leaves have fallen.  To 6m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Cultivated in Europe since at least 1690.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.426/1843].

The illustration is a painting by Ida McCormish, painted between 1936 and 1956 at Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia.  This picture is part of the National Library of Australia’s Albums of watercolour drawings of plants, birds and insects with botanical specimens, reference nla.pic-an24894821-s22-a1.  The National Library has kindly given its consent for the publication of this picture.


Erythrina corallodendron Lam. (1786) = Erythrina indica Lam.

Erythrina corallodendron Herb.Madr. ex Wall. (1833) = Erythrina suberosa Roxb.

Erythrina corallodendron Louir. (1790) = Erythrina loureirii G.Don

Published Dec 17, 2009 - 04:52 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM

The illustration shows trifoliate leaves and spike of deep red flowers.  National Library of Australia.

Erythrina corallodendron L. | Painting by Ida McCormish | National Library of Australia nla.pic-an24894821-s22-a1

More details about Erythrina corallodendron L.
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin


Common Name

Coral tree

Name in the Camden Park Record

Erythrina Corallodendron - Coral tree 

Confidence level high