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Brya Ebenus

Jamaican Rain Tree


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Brya ebenus (Jamaican Rain tree) is about 30 feet (9.14 m) tall. Furthermore, it bears long, droopy branches with gray, rough bark. The green waxy leaves of the Jamaican Rain tree are compound, whorled, and obovate. The leaves are small, and smooth textured.

In addition, as its name suggests, this tree blooms just after it rains. The Jamaican Rain tree produces a short inflorescence of tiny bright yellow pea-shaped flowers, which attract bees. Furthermore, its fruits are thin two-jointed pods about 1 inch (2.54 cm) long. To propagate use seeds. Although little information has been published about its growth requirements, it exhibits a slender growth habit. Also, its native habitat of scrublands suggests it requires well-drained soils.

Brya ebenus (Jamaican Rain tree) is a valuable tropical hardwood, known in the trade as cocus wood. Cocus wood is durable and has a history of use in making musical instruments (such as flutes).  In summary, the spectacular flowering habit of the Jamaican rain tree makes it popular in any garden setting. You can also use Brya ebenus on the seaside. Additional uses include: as an accent tree, in the courtyard, in a large planter, in a median strip, and xerophytic collection. The Jamaican Rain tree also makes an excellent bonsai plant.

Additional information


25 gal., 45 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


Jamaica And Cuba

Flowering Season

All Year (Rain)

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Flower Color

Yellow (Deep)



Plant Type

Semi-Decidious, Flowering

Common Name

Jamaican Rain Tree

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate