Erythrina vespertilio, bat's wing coral tree

Category: Trees
Family: Leguminosae
Origin: Australia
Evergreen: no
Flower Color: red, orange
Bloom Time: late summer
Height: 30 ft
Width: 10 ft
Exposure: protected sun
Irrigation: low
Cold Hardiness: 7 F
Description: Normally tropicals that resprout in spring from stumps usually aren't worth the effort. However, bat's wing coral tree is the exception because of the beautiful mesmerizing foliage. Yes, the flowers are spectacular but they occur only on year old growth -- a rare site in zone 8 to 9. Similarly, you'll never see the incredible corky bark. But the shrubby resprout really bedazzles.