Coral Tree

Also known as:
Flame Tree
Australia (parents from N. America and Africa)

General description

Deciduous tree up to 12-(18)m high; trunks with stout prickles. Leaflets broadly ovate to heart-shaped 10-20cm long. Flowers pea-like (Aug-Oct), upper petal scarlet, keel orange; filaments mauve. Seed pods not formed.

Coastal areas, wetlands, forest margins

Cuttings & dropped branches take root easily.

Forms dense thickets in coastal areas, bush and pasture.

Site management

Always treat standing plants, do not cut down as all stems root profusely. All treatments best in late summer-autumn. Allow to rot fully before felling.

Recommended approaches

1. Bore & fill: 1 hole /150 mm stem diam, 3 g metsulfuron/hole, or 20ml Tordon BK/hole.
2. Cut & squirt: 1 cut /100 mm stem diam, 2 g metsulfuron/cut or 15ml Tordon BK/cut.
3. Frilling: ensure complete frill achieved. Paint frills thoroughly with metsulfuron 5 g /L + penetrant or 200ml/1L Tordon BK.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

Erythrina crista-galli

RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
coral tree - Main species image