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Calliandra Surinamensis

Powder Puff


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Calliandra Surinamensis (Powder puff) is a low branching small single or multi-trunked tree or shrub, that usually grows to a height of 15 feet. Forming a vase-shaped or rounded irregular crown with a fine texture and drooping thorny branches that consequently may touch the ground.

In addition, leaves are green, alternate, bipinnate, and oblong with leaflets 2-4 inches long. Flowers are pink but variable, borne in a globose head 2-3 inches across, of delicate small petals with silky stamens extending well beyond the petals; flowers are short-lived. Also, fruits are dry, hard, flat pods 3-6 inches long which curl open to release 5-6 brown seeds; and they can can be used for propagation.

Calliandra Surinamensis (Powder puff) will grow in a range of well-drained soils. It prefers from full sun to partial shade. Although, the tree does require pruning to achieve good form.

The long arching branches make it a good patio tree; it is also grown as a specimen tree, along avenues, median strips, as a flower border and in large planters. It’s a fine small tree for a xerophytic garden. Powder puff can also be grown and trimmed to form an attractive flowering hedge.

It is also known as: Haematocephala or Portoricensis

Additional information

Common Name

Pink Powderpuff, Powderpuff tree, Red Powderpuff, White Powderpuff

Florida Native



Northern South America

Flowering Season

All Year (Rain)

Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Moderate Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color

Pink, Red, White


Wide Canopy

Plant Type

Evergreen, Flowering


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