Plant Spotlight: Dwarf Poinciana
August 27, 2009
by Dick Dutton, Plant Curator
The Dwarf Poinciana is a large shrub/small tree that has flowers resembling a Royal Poinciana tree with the advantage of a smaller size. The Royal Poinciana, considered by some the most beautiful flowering tree in the world, is large and can reach 30′ in height with a 50′ spread. This makes the Dwarf Pionciana perfect for smaller yards or lanais where space is limited.
Dwarf Poincianas grow to 8-12 feet and are semi-deciduous, losing their leaves during the winter for a relatively short time. They are easy to grow from seed; germination takes no more than seven days during the warmer weather. There is one tree on the Edison and Ford Winter Estates grounds by the fountain on your way to Edison’s Pier.
Dwarf Poincianas are very popular and are available for sale in the Estates Garden Shoppe located near the Information Booth.