Mexican Holdback

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Mexican Holdback

Erythrostemon mexicana
Mexican Poinciana; Tabachin del monte; Retencion mexicana; Caesalpinia mexicana
6

10 feet
4

6 feet
Northern Mexico to extreme south Texas.
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Sun. Semi-evergreen, with pinnate leaves and racemes of buttercup yellow flowers during warm weather. Mexican poinciana is related to the orange-and-yellow Pride of Barbados, but with a spindly, tree-like habit. It grows up to 15 feet in south-central Texas, though it dies back to the ground in extreme freezes. Think of it as a very large perennial that you can sometimes stand underneath.

Expect it to produce a few volunteer seedlings around the garden.

Maintenance

None needed. Prune as needed; on its own it forms a tall multitrunked shrub. It regrows swiftly from the roots after hard freezes and may reseed a bit around the garden.

Features

Plant Type:
Large Shrub
Size:
6-10' H, 4-6' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
May, June, July, August, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
Yes
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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