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Indian Coral Tree is a showy, spreading tree legume with brilliant red blossoms. This highly valued ornamental has been described as one of the gems of the floral world.
It is a broad and spreading, deciduous tree that can get 60-80 ft tall and spread 20-40 ft It has many stout branches that are armed with black tiger’s claw spines. There are curved spines (really more like prickles) on the long leaf stalks too.
The leaves are compound, with three diamond shaped leaflets, each about 6 in long. Before the leaves come out in late winter or early spring, coral tree puts on a spectacular show with bright crimson flowers 2-3 in long in dense terminal clusters. It may flower a little during the summer, too.
Erythrinavariegata is an ornamental tree.
The young, tender leaves and young sprouts are eaten as a vegetable.
A decoction of the bark and leaves is used to treat dysentery.
The dried, powdered leaves are applied topically to treat wounds and ulcers.