This exotic tree has an expansive canopy and makes a dramatic visual and aesthetic contribution to the streetscape. It also has a massive root system which merges with old stone work in this location. The tree measures approximately 16 metres in height, canopy spread of 16 metres and trunk diameter of 2.0 metres at 1.0 metre above the ground. It appears to be in generally good condition and health with a relatively dense canopy and some dead wood present in the crown. This taxon can propagate freely from seed dispersal and seedlings should be controlled. The related and more common species of Coral Tree (Erythrina x sykseii), found throughout the City of Sydney and the greater metropolitan area, is considered an environmental weed.
This Cockscomb Coral (Erythrina crista-galli) is an outstanding specimen tree. It is considered to have individual significance at the local level in terms of its visual, historic, and rarity values. This particular Erythrina species is somewhat rare in the City of Sydney LGA and this would be the largest known specimen outside the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens.
This Cockscomb Coral (Erythrina crista-galli) is an outstanding specimen tree believed to be an Inter-War period planting associated with the modifications and embellishment to Cumberland Street as a result of construction of the approaches to the Harbour Bridge (completed 1932). Given the way it is growing amongst the stone wall, it may also be a self sown specimen that has been allowed to grow.