Peltophorum Species, African Yellow Flamboyant Tree, African Weeping Wattle, Yellow Poinciana

Peltophorum africanum

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Peltophorum (pel-TOH-for-um) (Info)
Species: africanum (af-ri-KAHN-um) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Deciduous

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Orlando, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

La Porte, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 8, 2015, Kell from (Zone 9b) wrote:

According to Karl Gercens, an expert horticulturalist and plant enthusiast who gives lectures and classes around the USA including at Longwood Gardens, "Peltophorum africanum not only makes a blazing show with its cheery floral display, but it has many uses by indigenous people as well. Young leaves and pods are eaten by livestock. Flowers provide a high yield of nectar and pollen for bee-keeping. The timber can be used for furniture. The wood is good good for fuel. It makes a good shade tree for both livestock and humans. There are also various medicinal uses recorded. Roots are used to heal wounds, toothache and throat sores; root, leaves and bark used to clear intestinal parasites and relieve stomach problems; bark relieves colic; stem and root used for diarrhoea and dysentery."
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Positive

On Nov 20, 2009, billowen from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I planted about five years back, the tree is probably around 25 feet high. It was only about five feet when planted. Grows very fast in Zone 10A, Port Charlotte, Fl.

Positive

On Aug 23, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Supposedly a zone 11 tree, this plant does great in Pasadena (a zone 9b). It is a relative of the Cassia and has similar colored flowers. Being a legume, it also can be covered with dark brown, slightly twisted pods. This is a common plant in tropical Africa but pretty rare in cultivation here in so Cal (so far).

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