The Q&A Archives: Poinciana

Question: Is it a perennial and how big will it get? How do I keep it healthy? How long will it take to reach maturity?

Answer: Poinciana, also called Caesalpinia, is a tough, fast growing shrub to about 10' in height with an equal spread. It produces clusters of yellow flowers adorned with protruding, bright red, 4"-5" long stamens. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. The plant prefers full sunshine and light, well-draining soil. Water deeply but infrequently. If the shrub freezes back to the ground in the winter, it will rebound quickly in the spring.

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