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PlantFiles: Catclaw Blackbead
Pithecellobium unguis-cati

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Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Pithecellobium (pith-eh-sell-LOH-bee-um) (Info)
Species: unguis-cati (UN-gu-iss KAT-ee) (Info)

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral olddude On Aug 7, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County north along west coast to Hillsborough County; West Indies, Central America and South America. In Miami-Dade County not known from the mainland; known only from the Florida Keys in and around Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park

Regional...

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

Big Pine Key, Florida



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