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Christ's tears

The Christ's tears (Erythrina crista-galli)

is a bushy frost hardy perennial deciduous tree/shrub with red flowers in late Spring and mid Spring. It grows well in semi-shade and direct sun, and prefers low levels of water. The flowers are papilionaceous shaped arranged in a opposite flowers inflorescence. It has average drought tolerance.
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Erythrina crista-galli grows in soils ranging from a pH of 6 (acidic ranges from 5.6 to 6) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to chalk, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.


This is a irregular tree/shrub has an ultimate height of 5m / 16.4ft and spread of 5m / 16.4ft.


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer and green in Autumn. They are oblanceolate in shape.


Architectural, flowering tree, small garden/space, specimen/accent plant, sports field and street/boulevard tree.


Erythrina crista-galli has very rough bark. Features include spines.


Brazil. Paraguay. Argentina. Uruguay. Bolivia.

-7°C / 19.4F 6 to 8 5m / 16.4ft 5m / 16.4ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Erythrina
Specific epithet ? crista-galli
Common names
Crybabytree (United States), Cry-baby plant (United Kingdom), Cockspur Coral Tree (Ireland), Christ's tears (Ireland)
IPNI details on Erythrina crista-galli
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Erythrina crista-galli http://plantdatabase.co.uk/Erythrina_crista-galli
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