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Parkia
Parkia platycephala

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Parkia
Species: platycephala

Category:

Trees

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 1, 2006, Phytodealer from Brasília
Brazil wrote:

To my knowledge can only be started from seed, which are hard and need to be scarified, mine are still on plant containers and only about 5cm tall. It is a "cerrado" species, a physionomy from Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay that has a rainy and dry seasons with xeromorfic plants adapted to this dry season, and as it habitates open forms of cerrado it is drought tolerant( has underground storage organs, starting as early as the seedling stage) needsperfect drainage( try starting seedlings in some kind of sandy mixture and regulating the amount of water supplied) and likes acidic soil. When it flowers in winter( in Brazil- from june to september) it sends globose and pendant flower heads from the trees, which are red in color, these flowers attract many forms of wasps and honey bees and also h... read more