How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Coral tree—Erythrina spp.
Family Fabaceae (Pea family)

Plant Identification

Coral trees are deciduous or nearly evergreen trees and shrubs.  They are thorny with a strong structure.  Leaves are divided into three leaflets.  Flowers are green, yellow, orange, or red.  Pods containing poisonous seeds are formed after the bloom period. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Coral trees are grown primarily in Southern California, Arizona, and Hawaii and do well in areas with full sun.  They need moderate amounts of water.  To prevent very rapid growth and breakage of limbs, give little or no water during dry periods and prune after flowering.

Flowers of coral tree
Flowers of cockspur coral tree

Leaves
Leaves of coral tree


Pests and disorders of Erythrina spp.

Invertebrates

Diseases

Environmental disorders

Weeds

Vertebrates

Flower buds
Flower buds


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