The Coral Fountain, or Russelia equisetiformis, is a shrub native to tropical Mexico but also grows nicely in our desert Southwest climate. In Vistanica’s common areas, we utilize the Coral Fountain to provide vibrant coral, pink color to the landscape. As its namesake suggests, the Coral Fountain’s branches cascade and hang tubular flowers, forming a fountain-like or firecracker shape.
The Coral Fountain can be planted in full sun or partial shade. It requires moderate watering, but is very drought tolerant. They can grow to be up to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Because of their cascading nature, they are also excellent for tall planters and slopes.
Right now, the Coral Fountains in Vistancia still look full and healthy and are withstanding the cooler weather. As temperatures continue to cool down, flowers will fade before returning in the Spring. We suggest that you keep an eye on these plants in your own yard. Their delicate branches and flowers are not very frost resistant. If necessary, cover your Coral Fountains with a sheet or towel in order to insulate it and help prevent frost damage.
These plants should also be pruned back by the early Spring (usually around February) in order to allow for it to grow new flowers in the late Spring and Summer. Overall, the Coral Fountain is not a high-maintenance plant, but will add high levels of colorful beauty and curb appeal to your landscape for the majority of the year.