Hummingbird Heaven

Spring is in full sprung right in my very own back yard!

Erythrina Coralloides Blossoms

AKA Naked Coral Tree

A Hummingbird’s delight

This tree is native to Mexico and is very drought tolerant making it an excellent landscape tree for Southern California. It has a contorted sculptural growth habit giving it  visual interest in the dormant season then bursts into blossom while still  leafless giving it the common name of Naked Coral Tree. All other Coral Trees bloom in full foliage.

The hummingbirds are quite territorial and often have spats on and around this particular tree at this time of year. There were several creating chaos with me as I tried to snap a photo. They apparently love it’s nectar as they can often be seen inserting their beaks into the long tubular flowers. This tree blooms from late February into early May, at which time foliage will rapidly replace the flowers almost overnight.

Spring is renewal. Spring is life. Spring is resurrection. Spring is growth. Spring is a new beginning. Spring is fresh. Spring is exciting. Spring is gratifying. Spring is a blessing. Spring is hope.

What spring do you see outside your window at this very moment?

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6 thoughts on “Hummingbird Heaven

  1. What a cool tree. I’m sure it’s not cold hardy. I see tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinths, crocus, lilacs, and Daphne bushes blooming.

  2. How lovely and the mere thought of hummingbirds having “spats” for some reason makes me smile. We had almost a week of 14c-18c then suddenly the cold has set in again. Things are peeping through the soil – some crocus – but have wisely decided that they’ve come out far enough for now. I’ve been told that is what spring is like here. Meanwhile I get to live it vicariously through you and others.

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