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Roger's Tree Pick: coral trees


Last updated 6/28/2007 at Noon

Erythrina is a tropical genus of over 100 species of trees mostly from the Americas but also in Asia and Africa. There are even shrub forms found in southern Arizona and New Mexico, extending southward into mainland Mexico and the peninsular Baja California.

Coral trees are members of the pea family (Leguminosae) and have pea-like blossoms in various modified forms. The hundred or more Erythrina trees are native of relatively cool and dry tropical and subtropical areas in most continents.

Some coral trees are best for mild coastal areas, while others are hardy in inland sites, so you want...

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