Erythrin is a shrub or small deciduous tree belonging to a genus that includes more than 100 tree species native to Central America.
This plant has an erect, very branched growth habit and can reach 4-5 m in height if the cultivation conditions are ideal; it has a smooth, thorny, gray-brown, dark bark; the branches are often tortuous and the foliage is wide.
In summer Erythrina crista galli it produces spectacular inflorescences made up of numerous coral red flowers; the flowers are followed by long blackish pods containing numerous red and black seeds.
This variety of sapling prefers sunny positions, but develops without problems even in partial shade, especially in regions with milder climates.
It does not fear the cold very much, although it is appropriate that in winter it enjoys the greatest number of hours of sunshine possible; the youngest specimens must be protected in the cold months with protective sheets and mulch material, straw or dry leaves placed at the base, for at least 2-3 years after planting.