Is this a tropical plant?

Lakeland Highlands, FL

My neighbor has one of these he started from seed - he was told that someone from India passed along the seeds, but we can not find any info on this plant, but it is gorgeous. Its growing in central Florida.

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Try 'Pride of Barbados', tho I am kinda guessing really.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Caesalpinia gilliesii

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

i believe it's this one:

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Ahem I think I was darn close for someone who can't grow those things!

Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

IT may be tropical but it is also very hardy and one of the few plants I can grow here in the lower mountain deserts of California (snows here!)

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

It would certainly turn heads here- I've never seen it. here, only in CA, and maybe it was TX
Thanks for the report palm bob.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

It might not be hardy in MD z7a but I've grown it for many years in NC z7b. Maybe if you planted it close to your house on the south side you might be able to get a sufficiently warm micro-climate with some winter protection?

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

I have a spot which is probably zone 8- south facing wall. I'd feel pretty confident trying it there.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Go for it. Here's a pic of mine from May 2012. :-)

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Spring, TX

These grow like weeds and re just about as invasive. I have to mow some of them or they would take over my back yard. Needless to say, they grow great in zone 9A and they love the sun. Even 100 degree days don't bother it.

Contra Costa County, CA(Zone 9b)

They grow here in central California.
I think the flowers are unusual enough to call it tropical in effect, but the leaves are not.

Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

too marginal here to be invasive. Good choice for xericlandscaping.

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