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Brya ebenus

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brya
Species: ebenus (EE-ben-us) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Summerbrookedee On Dec 9, 2012, Summerbrookedee from Peachtree City, GA wrote:

I have this tree in my back yard. I got it at a yard sale, the lady decsribed the flowers to me and I knew I had to have it.

It sat in its pot for a good six months before I planted it. Within 2 years it got a good 8 foot tall. (Don't tell me its slow growing) :)

I planted it in mostly sun, in good rich soil. It seeded profusely this year. I have plenty of seeds to experiment with. I haven't counted but would guess 500 seed pods.

I thought it was so cool that it would start to bloom whenever we we going to get rain.

Positive popper1 On Apr 26, 2009, popper1 from Lakeland, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very nice small tree. It has long thin limbs with tiny leaves. This tree needs sun to flower, if grown in the shade it will not flower. Flowers appear whenever it is warm, particularly if it is humid. Although they are small (1-1.5 cm), the pea-like flowers are bright yellow and plentiful, found all long the branches. Small pods contain one seed. This is a slow growing plant and does very well in a container. A great plant if you can find one!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mulberry, Florida
Peachtree City, Georgia

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