Hardiness: 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
Bloom Color: Pale Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium Scarify seed before sowing
Seed Collecting: Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Nov 19, 2012, Pugmeister from Los Angeles, CA wrote:
I am in West Hollywood, California. My tree has multiple branches at the top, and a side branch, and is THRIVING. It only branched a year ago, after rising above the afternoon shade of a three story building. I recommend a bit more water, and regular fertilizing from early spring through October. I have also added some composted steer manure to the soil.
On Mar 1, 2010, TropiSocal_dave from Garden Grove, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
There are two good size trees at The San Diego Zoo. The lower trunks are comparable in width to a large King Palm. The leaves had all fallen off this winter. The common name that was given was Yellow Jacaranda.
My first seedling was attacked by a caterpillar, and then died of root rot in the winter. My bigger specimen was also being attacked by bugs. I now spray the leaves with anti-bug spray.
On Jul 20, 2004, WildBloomers from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:
This plant grows well in St Pete, Fl. It gets knocked back by our occasional freezes but recovers quickly. In this area it rarely or sparsely seeds due to the lack of natural pollinators. The seed pods look like 4" long flattened tadpoles which turn black as they mature, crack open and release their single seed looking like a 1" elongated flat lima bean.
On Jan 3, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
I was pointing out this tree to my dad the other day as a good alternative for a big tree for our garden. Thatīs a fast growing species, usually one of the first to take over the upper layers of recovering forests. It has been only recently used for gardening and landscaping, so thatīs still a species with a great potential to be explored.
On Dec 31, 2003, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is a good shade tree for summers in So Cal if you live in a warm, not too windy areas. This is one of the fastest growing trees, reaching heights up to 50' in just 3-4 years. However, here in So Cal, it often gets blown after that (wimpy roots). In the tropics it can grow up to 100'. My first impression of this tree was that it must be some sort of unique tree fern. It has one straight up trunk topped with a horizontal plane of legumatous, ferny-like leaves in 360 degrees, making a nice dappled shade. I have seen one enormous specimen in Thailand that flowered (rarely if ever witness that in So Cal) and it had multiple branches way high up. Here in So Cal it is just a single stem and the only branches are the small, weak ones at the very top holding the leaves. It is, however, here in So Cal, decidious, and just a stick in the winter. Where I lived in Thousand Oaks in California, this was a very marginal plant and many died in order for me to have one survive. It loves heat, and can survive in very sunny, hot areas with well draining soil that do get pretty cold in the winter.
Have a new place to grow this plant, and am much more successful in this less chilly climate (San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles county). Other things I noticed about this plant- leaves fold up for the night. Just like in Caesalpinias and some other legumes. Also, branches are quite sticky after being formed until a few months later when the stickiness seems to dry up.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
El Cajon, California Escondido, California Garden Grove, California Isla Vista, California Los Angeles, California Oceanside, California Reseda, California Thousand Oaks, California Gulf Stream, Florida Holden Heights, Florida Mulberry, Florida Naples, Florida Palm Beach, Florida Saint Petersburg, Florida