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Caesalpinia mexicana - Mexican Caesalpinia
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Caesalpiniaceae (~Fabales)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 10-16 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Caesalpinia mexicana (Mexican Caesalpinia) - An attractive evergreen shrub or small tree from Mexico that grows to 10 to 15 feet tall with smooth gray bark and compound bipinnate leaves with rounded leaflets. Clusters of yellow flowers appear in late summer to fall. Plant in full sun. Unlike many of the Caesalpinia this species is not thorny. Plant in full sun. Low water requirements in coastal gardens but looks best with occasional irrigation inland. Hardy to 15 F without damage but can resprout after colder temperatures. We received the seed of this plant as that of Caesalpinia ferrea and have mistakenly listed this plant under this name. Caesalpinia ferrea, the leopard tree from Brazil, is a larger, more tropical plant with beautiful mottled bark.  The information about Caesalpinia mexicana displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.