A spectacular sun-loving flowering shrub or small tree that will be an excellent specimen in the garden if you have the space! Space above for its wide spreading branches and space below for its expanding root system or to ‘soak in’ its fallen debris.
Caesalpinina pulcherrima is a tropical perennial shrub or small tree that can reach 15-20 ft in height, though typically 8-12 ft tall in cultivation. It is evergreen in the warmer tropics, and semi-deciduous to deciduous in sub-tropical regions. A fast-growing bush with low branches in an open and spreading habit, growing as far and wide as its height, sometimes appearing unkempt if not pruned. The trunk and branches are usually armed with thorns.
It is impressive with lovely green foliage, displaying large fern-like or feathery leaves on petioles up to 2 ft long. They are alternate at wide intervals, bipinnately compound with many pinnas bearing simple and smooth obovate leaflets.
Genus - Poinciana
Species - Pulcherrima
Common name - Barbados Pride
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 9 - 12
Height - 8'-20' / 2.4m - 6.1m (12)
Spread - 8'-20' / 2.4m - 6.1m (12)
Plant type - Shrub / Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average water
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical
Germination rate - 80%
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow, Red, Orange
|Germination||Soak the seed in warm water for 24 hours. |
Sow seed 1/4” deep at a soil temperature of 55-64° F. and keep moist.
Sow in standard good draining potting mix.
Grow in a standard potting mix. Likes a deep, rich well fertilized soil. Keep moist and feed once a month. Transplant when large enough to handle into pots. Keep humid if in dry conditions by occasional misting. Water sparingly through dormancy or winter months. Do not allow to reach temperatures below 35° F.