Caesalpinia mexicana

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Caesalpinia mexicana, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Mexican Caesalpinia, Mexican Poinciana

A small tree or large shrub that can reach 25 feet high by 18 feet wide.  It grows about two feet per year.  Yellow flowers bloom in summer through fall and are followed by pods that burst open.  This plant is toxic to humans, cats, and dogs.

- Full sun

- Best in moist well drained clay, sand, or loam soil

- Drought tolerant once established

- Attracts birds

- Hardy up to 15 degrees

- Native to Northern Mexico