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Caesalpinia echinata - Plant

Caesalpinia echinata - Plant
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Pau brasil is a rather slow-growing, much-branched, spiny, evergreen shrub or small tree with a large rounded crown; it can grow up to 12 metres tall, but usually rather smaller.
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Caesalpinia echinata Plant

Description for Caesalpinia echinata

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

Paubrasilia echinata is a species of Brazilian timber tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. Common names include Brazilwood, Pernambuco tree

Common name(s): Common Name: Pau Brasil
Flower colours: yellow
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Max reacahble height: 10.00 m
Difficulty to grow:: easy to grow

Planting and care

Prefers a well-drained, alkaline soil and a position in full sun. Established plants are very drought tolerant. Plants are fairly tolerant of salt-laden winds.

A moderately fast-growing tree, reaching a height of up to 2 metres within 2 years from seed.Plants begin to flower when around 3 - 4 years of age

Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: generally on sandy or sand-clay soils that are well drained,
Water: medium
Temperature: 30 degrees F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Caesalpinia echinata

    Organic mulch should be spread around Pride of Barbados plants when they are grown in the landscape. It should be 2 to 3 inches deep and cover the entire root zone. Keeping the mulch 6 inches away from the stems or trunk will help prevent damage to the bark from excessive, prolonged exposure to moisture.

Harvesting

Evergreen Tree

Typical uses of Caesalpinia echinata

Special features: The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)

Culinary use: leaves

Ornamental use: it is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental and barrier plant

Medicinal use: The tree is commonly gathered from the wild and used locally as a medicinal and dye plant, and as a source of timber.
A charcoal made from the powdered bark is infused and used to treat diarrhoea in children.
The wood is odontalgic and tonic

References

    http://homeguides.sfgate.com/caring-pride-barbados-plant-33515.html http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=e498

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