Living Fence with Coral Bean Trees

Last August we stuck 4 foot cut branches of the coral bean tree (Erythrina sp.) into the ground along the fence that borders our road and lower pastures. This is a species of tree whose branches will root and eventually sprout leaves eventually becoming trees. You can make a living fence of these trees and save the time and labor of replacing rotting fence posts every 5 years. Not to mention the need to cut young trees in the forest for posts. These photos were taken January 2011, 5 months after they were stuck in the ground. Almost 90% sprouted. This tree has beautiful red tubular red flowers. This stretch of our road may become hummingbird alley within 3-5 years.

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