Coast Coral Tree
Kuskoraalboom, Kaapse Koraalboom (Afr.), Umsinsi (Zulu), Umsintsi (Xhosa)
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Spectacular orange-scarlet flowers adorn naked grey branches and grabs the attention of humans, birds and insects alike. During the late winter to early summer period, the coastal coral tree can be seen blooming throughout the southern and eastern coastal parts of South Africa. This tree is not only a great addition to any garden during this season, but throughout the whole year, its popularity ascribed to its ease of cultivation and long flowering period. It is not only used as an ornamental plant but can be used to make canoes and troughs, and even roofing shingles, in bonsai, as well as being used in the culinary applications. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.
Harvesting of various parts of plant for traditional medicinal use is done by hand, either pulling or cutting various parts of plant.
Make giant hardwood cuttings called truncheons in winter. After taking the cutting, allow the wound to dry for about 1-2 days. Bury one third into damp, well-draining soil.
Seed should be soaked in warm water overnight. Throw out any seeds that float.
Birds such as Redwinged starlings (Onychocnathus morio), bulbuls (Pycnonotus sp.), yellow weavers (Ploceus subaureus), sunbirds (Nectarinia sp.) and orioles (Orioles sp.) love the nectar.
Fully grown trees are fairly drought resistant.
Planted as living palisades around the houses of the early settlers, used then and even today as fences around kraals and waterholes.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees, beetles, butterflies and others.
Temperate and Subtropical Coastal areas
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Poison produced by the tree is used medicinally to relax the muscles in treating nervous diseases. The bark is used topically to treat sores, wounds, abscesses and arthritis.