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Cassia leptophylla

Gold Medallion Tree

Cassia leptophylla


One of the best flowering trees for Southern California, often used as a street tree. Grows fast to 25 feet with graceful dark green pinnate foliage. Spectacular, traffic stopping, 1 foot clusters of bright yellow flowers for about a month or so in summer. Nearly evergreen. Prune to keep open and lacy. Best in full sun with good drainage, little to moderate water. Hardy to 25F. USDA zones 9 - 11. From southeast Brazil. Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae


Schizolobium parahyba

Brazilian Fern Tree, Tower Tree

Schizolobium parahyba


This spectacular flowering tree is crowned with masses of golden blooms in early spring. It's one of the fastest growing trees in the world, easily growing 6 feet a year to an eventual height of 40 feet (100 feet in the tropics). With the huge 3 foot long bipinnate feathery leaves, it has the appearance of a large tree fern when young. Briefly deciduous just before flowering. Loves heat, needs good drainage, and is drought tolerant. Frost sensitive when young. For a distictive textural look, it can be pruned to size for growing in a large warm greenhouse or patio garden. This forest canopy tree is native from Southern Mexico to Brazil. USDA zones 10 - 12. Fabaceae, subfamily: Caesalpinioideae


Vigna caracalla

(Syn.: Cochliasanthus caracalla), Fragrant Snail Vine, Corkscrew Vine, Caracalla Bean

Vigna caracalla


This highly fragrant tropical vine has beautiful curled flowers shaped like a snail's shell. Thomas Jefferson introduced this vine to America. It has clusters of 2 inch blossoms which start out white then develops a purple coloration, plus it emits a wonderfully sweet hyacinth-like fragrance. Trifoliate leaves are up to 6 inches long with a downy texture. Summer into fall bloom period. Great for a chain link fence, hanging from an arbor, or grown as a container plant. Grows up to 20 feet in warm climates. Prefers sun, heat and humidity. It may die back in winter as it does poorly below 50F. USDA zones 9 - 11. May be grown as an annual or house plant elsewhere. It is native to tropical South America and Central America. This vine has often been confused with the invasive snail vine, Phaseolus caracalla or P. giganteus (hort), which has smaller pale purple flowers and is not fragrant. Fabaceae

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