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Erythrostemon gilliesii

Previously known as:

  • Caesalpinia gillesii
  • Poinciana gilliesii
Phonetic Spelling
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This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

A shrub or small tree in the bean family.  It has showy yellow flowers with bright red yellow stamens and feathery leaves.  It is resistant to damage by deer and drought.  It lower zones it may need to be planted in a protected location, cut back to the ground each year and the root zone mulched well.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#small tree#drought tolerant#deer resistant#evergreen shrub#evergreen tree#problem for cats#problem for dogs
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#small tree#drought tolerant#deer resistant#evergreen shrub#evergreen tree#problem for cats#problem for dogs
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Erythrostemon
    Species:
    gilliesii
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Description:
    Light brown pods with dark glands hairy when young smooth as they mature. Seeds are ovate, compressed brown with purple black spots.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Description:
    Yellow with showy red stamens
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Young stems are hairy black or brown glands
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Small Tree
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing and incoordination is possible. Deaths in rabbits have been reported.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    possibly hydrocyanic acid
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves