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YELLOW POINCIANA
Peltophorum pterocarpum

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Photo Locations: Kona and Oahu, HI and Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA

General Notes

The wood of the yellow poinciana has a wide variety of uses, including cabinet-making and the foliage is used as a fodder crop. Peltophorum pterocarpum has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -4 (Low Risk).

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Tropical Asia.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

YELLOW POINCIANA, YELLOW FLAME TREE, COPPER-POD, YELLOW FLAMBOYANT TREE

Tree Characteristics

Rounded or Vase Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 40 - 50 feet.

Width: 30 - 40 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 or More Inches per Year.

Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Yellow. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Purple or Red Legume, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Brown, Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones H1 and H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 11 - 12.

Exposure Full Sun.

Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Buffer Strip or Shade Tree.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Peltophorum pterocarpum Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/peltophorum-pterocarpum >

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