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PlantFiles: Mysore Thorn
Caesalpinia decapetala var. japonica

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Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caesalpinia (ses-al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: decapetala var. japonica

Category:
Shrubs
Vines and Climbers

Height:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral saltcedar On May 2, 2008, saltcedar from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

________________This plant should only be used with great caution._________________
It's considered invasive in most tropical and subtropical countries where it's been introduced.
It's extreme thorniness is problematic in garden setting where it's long willowy branches can
reach out and grab skin or clothing. Removing the recurved prickles can result in torn skin or
clothing. It's flowering though almost makes up for those faults if one takes care to see that it's
seeds never leave the garden. Can be grown as a freestanding shrub or vine.

Regional...

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

Belmont, North Carolina
Austin, Texas



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