Dwarf Poinciana / Peacock Red Flower Tree, Caesalpinia pulcherrima
The Dwarf Poinciana or Peacock Flower tree / bush goes by many common names, Red Bird of Paradise, Mexican bird of paradise, Pride of Barbados, Flos Pavonis, and Flamboyant-de-jardin and ʻohai aliʻi in Hawaii. It’s native to the tropics and subtropics of the Americas and could be native to the West Indies but its exact origin is unknown due to widespread cultivation.
No room for a big royal poinciana tree? Consider the Dwarf Poinciana / Peacock Flower, with fern-like foliage topped with beautiful show stopping flowers. The Dwarf Poinciana is a shrubby, ornamental accent tree with multiple trunks, blooming on and off during warm months. This diminutive flowering tree can be grown as a large shrub, if you prefer, or keep the base cleaned up for a more tree-like look. The butterfly attracting flowers of the Dwarf Poinciana come in two brilliant and sensational colors, red and orange or pink and white.
The showy low maintenance Dwarf Poinciana is very easy to grow in alkaline or acidic soils. It likes full to part sun and is a fast grower to 10 or 12 feet, but can be kept trimmed at 6 to 8 feet. Best in Zone 10, the tree can be grown in warmer areas of Zone 9B with winter protection. Dwarf Poinciana / Peacock Flower dies to the ground following frost or freezing temperatures, but in zone 8B, it comes back reliably, albeit late, in the middle of spring. Don't give up on it! This tree has survived temperatures as low as 18 F. It can be grown as an annual in colder climates. Dwarf Poinciana is moderately salt-tolerant and very drought-tolerant once established.
Not actually related to the enormous royal poinciana, this beautiful bloomer is the national flower of Barbados, where the plant is known as "Pride of Barbados. Young trees have thorns on the branches but they'll disappear as the plant matures and bark begins to form. A beautiful plant with a large breathtaking flower! Another LGF favorite.
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