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SURINAM POWDERPUFF
Calliandra surinamensis

Calliandra surinamensis Calliandra surinamensis

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General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Large shrub or small tree. Trainable as a standard but often found multi-trunked. Left untrimmed, branches will eventually arch outward and reach the ground. Branches droop but resist breakage. A good container plant.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Surinam, South America.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

SURINAM POWDERPUFF, PINK POWDERPUFF

Tree Characteristics

Spreading or Weeping with a Low Canopy.

Rounded or Vase Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 15 feet.

Width: 10 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 or More Inches per Year.

Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Pink. Flowers in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown Pod, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.

Bark Brown, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Well Drained Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Mites and Caterpillars.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Buffer Strip or Container.

Espalier or Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Calliandra surinamensis Tree Record." 1995-2019. Jul 23, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/calliandra-surinamensis >

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