Giant Coralbean (Erythrina x bidwillii)
Giant coralbean is a cross between Erythrina crista-galli and Texas native Erythrina herbacea. It is a large shrub in North Texas, easily reaching 6-8 ft in one year. It has showy scarlet-red flowers that attract hummingbirds. Its trunk and branches have thorns, and the leaves are heart-shaped. It blooms continuously on the new growth from spring through fall, with main display in summer.
Giant coralbean dies back to the roots in the winter, but returns in the spring. It is very fast growing and adapts to both dry and moist soil, reaching larger size with more moisture. The roots are hardy as far north as Dallas. It adapts well to partially shady spots with heavy soil and poor drainage but thrives in sunny landscape beds in well-drained soil. It should not be placed right next to walkways due to the thorns.
AT A GLANCE
- Drought tolerant
- Full to part sun
- Average 6-8 ft tall and wide
- Wildlife value: hummingbirds, butterflies, bees
- Deer resistant