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Caesalpinia gilliesii

Knicker-bean

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Features

  • Height2.5m to 4m
  • Spread5m to 6.5m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow, cream, red

Description

Caesalpinia gilliesii (Knicker-bean). A deciduous shrub or tree native to subtropical Argentina and Uruguay. Fern-like leaves are divided into tiny leaflets. Flowers are short spikes of pale yellow flowers with very long crimson stamens which appear in summer.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Shrub

Other common names

Poinciana, Bird of paradise

Origin

Argentina, Uruguay

Interest and use

Specimen

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy
  • WaterSemi-moist

Propagation

Softwood cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn or spring.

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