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Yellow Saraca

Saraca thaipingensis

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Saraca (sar-AK-a) (Info)
Species: thaipingensis (tay-ping-EN-sis) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 9, 2007, popper1 from Lakeland, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a very beautiful tree. I like it for both the flowers and the foliage, the new leaves are a pink color; the Saraca are one the "handkerchief' trees- new leaves are soft, limp, and, in the case of Saraca, shades of pink & red. Stiffen up and turn green over the next week or so.

Flower heads are large, up to 45cm, and bright yellow, turning red as they age. Fragrant particularly at night. Grows pretty fast if kept warm/hot. Don't let it dry out for any length of time.

There is some confusion in the literature about Saraca names. Some consider this & S cauliflora as synonyms, other state that S cauliflora & S. delinata are synonyms.

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