Divi divi trees

tropical_lady(z10FL)July 31, 2009

I have a small divi divi tree that I have been growing for the past year as a bonsai. I would like to plant it in my landscape. Does anyone have any knowledge of how this tree will do in the ground in tropical South Florida? How slow growing is it? Similar to anything? Does it prefer a specific site location? Is it salt tolerant? I live in the coastal area about 2 miles from the beach.

Thanks for your help.

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Have the latin name??

    Bookmark   August 1, 2009 at 6:18AM
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The divi divi tree is Caesalpinia coriaria. Anyone who has ever walked by a travel agency office will immediately recognize it as that gnarled-looking tree growing on windswept shores of Aruba and other areas of the southern Caribbean. (They are bent over due to the constant direction of the trade winds.) The leaves look like those of a mimosa tree or poinciana. I have not grown this tree but have read that they are slow to "trunk up". They are very tropical and will start dropping leaves in the 40's (but will regrow). Being that they are usually pictured immediately adjacent to the ocean, I would assume that they are salt tolerant. Am also assuming that they like excellent drainage (add sand I guess). Well, at least you have a Latin name now for you to do some research. Though I would imagine you could grow it in zone 10 Florida.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2009 at 7:05AM
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