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Plant Spotlight: Dwarf Poinciana

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 17th

by Britta Soderqvist, Estates Plant Curator

Dwarf Poinciana, Caesalpinia pulcherrima

This is a fast-growing shrub or small tree, growing up to 12 feet in height and sometimes 12 feet in width.  It blooms best in full sun and tolerates drought well.  A variety of flower colors are available, although the yellow and red variety (pictured above) is most common.  Flowers can appear year-round but are more prolific during the warm months.  The Dwarf Poinciana is thought to have originated from the West Indies and the tropical Americas.

Unlike its larger “cousin” the Royal Poinciana, the Dwarf Poinciana can grow in cooler temperatures.  It has been known to survive in temperatures as low as the high teens.  During extreme cold, it may die back to the ground but will likely recover.  Dwarf Poincianas will bloom when potted but they do better when planted in the ground. 

If you love the look of the Royal Poinciana Trees that are blooming all over McGregor Boulevard but don’t have the room for such a large tree, consider purchasing a Dwarf Poinciana from the Estates Garden Shoppe.  Plants in 6 inch pots are $10 and have been selling quickly. You can see our Dwarf Poinciana in full bloom next to the fountain between the Edison Main House and the Moonlight Garden.

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    Posted on June 17th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

  2. Britta, Plant Curator Says:

    If you are interested in planting the much larger Royal Poinciana, we have just six left for sale in our Garden Shoppe for $10. It can’t tolerate a hard freeze and is recommended for zones 10B-11. We still have several Dwarf Poinciana but the supply back in our nursery is dwindling fast!

    Posted on June 19th, 2010 at 11:00 am

  3. Rose Says:

    Do you. Have any red dwarf poinciana for sale

    Posted on April 13th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  4. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    HI Rose,

    Yes-We have some small ones (about 1 foot in height). The dwarf Poinciana is botanically is the Caesalapinia pulcherrima, often called the dwarf Poinciana because it looks like the Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia). The dwarf Poinciana only gets to be 12 feet height and 6 feet wide as apposed to the Royal Poinciana which gets 20-30 feet tall and wide. If you don’t have the room the Caesalapinia pulcherrima is a good choice. It doesn’t live as long as the big Royal Poinciana though.
    They do come in pink and yellow (those are other species). We do have them all, but we mark which color it is on the tag because we grow them from seed. They all look the same until they bloom.

    Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist

    Posted on April 17th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

  5. Barbara Says:

    Hello Debbie:
    Do you have the cream/lemon dwarf poinciana available for sale?

    Posted on July 10th, 2013 at 12:26 pm