This is a very impressive indigenous shrub or tree, especially when in flower.It has grey, rough bark on the stems, the branches are green or brown. The crown of shiny, evergreen foliage makes a foil for the large sprays of brilliant red, tubular flowers which form at the end of the branches. They are followed by small, ribbed fruit with large scarlet “wings” formed from the elongated calyx lobes. It can be difficult to please. It grows best in areas with moist climates and it does not like dry heat and cold. It is suited to coastal areas.