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Caesalpinia pulcherrima - Dwarf Poinciana, Mexican Bird-of-Paradise


Caesalpinia pulcherrima - Dwarf Poinciana, Mexican Bird-of-Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima - Dwarf Poinciana, Mexican Bird-of-Paradise)

Dwarf Poinciana is commonly grown here in San Diego, CA because of it's extreme drought tolerance, and of course, the flowers. When I was in Palm Springs a couple weeks back this shrub/tree was growing everywhere. Photo taken Aug. 29, 2011 in my neighborhood.



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Beautiful

2 Sep, 2011

 

Love those vibrant colours...

2 Sep, 2011

 

Wow. that is some color!!!
I saw a small tree today that looks very similar to this....mind you I was driving. I did see seed pods. I will go back and ask the owner for some seeds...

2 Sep, 2011

 

Drc726, Milky:

Thanks! :>)

2 Sep, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

I'm almost positive you have lots of this Caribbean native shrubs/trees there where you live. It's somewhat hardy and loves extreme heat! Also, you rarely need to water them.

2 Sep, 2011

 

Do you think that I would have a chance with it here in South West France, Delonix?

3 Sep, 2011

 

beautiful!

3 Sep, 2011

 

Delonix,
I'm going to take a pictures of the shrub/tree when I go back for seeds....I have a feeling I'm going to walk away with a little seedling. I noticed there were a few smalls ones around that area...so they have self seeded...hurray.

3 Sep, 2011

 

Karenfrance:

It appears you get enough heat. It is deciduous in winter in cooler climates and tolerates quite a bit of cold and frost (no snow, though -- being tropical in origin) It's doesn't like cold wet soil in winter (it tolerates a little, though).

3 Sep, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

The seeds germinate very easily. It's also a very fast grower. One caveat though, it's very touchy to being pulled out of the ground (like many trees/shrubs in the legume family) the roots are very sensitive to disturbance. Get as much soil around the roots as possible. Also, water can be an issue...they need just enough water to live, however, any excess will rot them (almost like Plumeria) until established, anyway -- when they need virtually no water at all.

Good luck! :>)

3 Sep, 2011

 

Constancespry:

Thanks! :>)

3 Sep, 2011

 

Thank you both, Alex and Delonix...think I might be able to have a go!...on the higher ground, anyway. :)

3 Sep, 2011

 

Kerenfrance:

I'm sure you'll be successful growing one. :>)

3 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks Delonix, I have a few more tender plants which are usually fine with a bit of winter protection.

4 Sep, 2011

 

Not sure how cool/cold you get in winter.

We don't consider this plant to be tender here...as we grow a lot of tropical trees/plants here in San Diego's mild subtropical climate.

4 Sep, 2011

 

Some winters are quite mild, but unfortunately, some can get down to -14°C, though usually for only a short time...December and January. I put straw around roots and winter sheets around plants...

5 Sep, 2011

 

Karenfrance:

WOW! -14°C is incredibly COLD!!! That's enough to kill Caesalpinia pulcherrima...I think it's root-hardy to 20°F/-7°C. I've never tested that...as my garden never sees a frost and the average night time low is around 50°F/10°C in January, although I may get two to three morning lows of 41°F/5°C in late Dec. or beginning of Jan.

5 Sep, 2011

 

Yes! It is cold, Delonix! But that is exceptional...-7°C is actually more normal and not over a prolongued period! I am careful to put things in sheltered places...it is only when I have not protected, that I have lost things...Having said that, quite a few things, which are frost tender, seem to flourish here without any care!

5 Sep, 2011

 

You should have not problem growing this shrub.

6 Sep, 2011

 

You should have no problem growing this shrub.

6 Sep, 2011

 

Not sure what going on with the double postings!

6 Sep, 2011

 

I went back for seeds Delonix....Nope not this tree/shrub. I'm searching the net for a name. The lady was watering her garden and let my take loads and loads of seed pods. We looked for little seedling but none. I have sown some seeds indoors and some outdoors in a pot...I have a feeling they will spout in spring. Will know more when I find out what tree it is.

6 Sep, 2011

 

Do you have a photo of the tree/shrub? Maybe I can identify it.

7 Sep, 2011

 

It's seeds for Rattlebox Tree (Sesbania punicea) "Scarlet Wisteria"
I read up on it....not too sure about it but I've sown the seeds anyway. It's a real pretty tree.

7 Sep, 2011

 

I was thinking it might be this tree. I couldn't remember the genus. lol!

This is a real pretty tree...they grow wild in some areas here in San Diego. It can become invasive, though.

There's a light orange/coral colored variety which is really beautiful!

7 Sep, 2011

 

Pretty :)

19 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks! I'm sure they grow very well there, also.

19 Mar, 2013

 

Its rated as hardy to zone 7. Of course,it helps that at the edge of its tolerance,summers need to be hot to get it through. San Francisco is frost free..but also warm free. They are not grown there.

20 Sep, 2014

 

It's rated to Zone 7; however, it will freeze to the ground in most of 9a. Here's it's almost evergreen.

Right now the shrubs looks terrific in the extreme heat.

25 Sep, 2014

 

My cousin had one the size of a small tree in hot Pleasanton. Another in Hayward is a shrub..but in winter,its always bare with pods.

26 Sep, 2014

 

Yes, they grow into small trees here, also.

In Palm Springs they can grow pretty darn large. I was surprised how tall they can grow out in the extreme heat of the Coachella Valley.

26 Sep, 2014

 

Wow fire glow it should be named it lovely.

3 Jun, 2017



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