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Erythrostemon Mexicanus

Mexican Holdback

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Erythrostemon Mexicanus (Mexican Holdback) is a small tree typically about 15 feet tall but can be twice that mature. It may also grow as a large shrub, in order to maintain the desired shape pruning is necessary; besides it also stimulates flowering promoting vigorous growth.

The crown is moderately dense, round, usually spreading to 1/2 to 1/3 its height. Evergreen leaves are alternate, bipinnate with round leaflets about 2 inches long. Moreover, the flowers are borne on terminal spikes, and 3 to 6 inches long, bearing clusters of yellow. The fragrant flowers which persist for several months and attract hummingbirds.

Furthermore, the fruits are dry, hard, pale green then brown, somewhat curled pods 3-6 inches long containing several seeds. Propagation of the tree is through seeds. In cultivation, Erythrostemon Mexicanus (Mexican Holdback) grows well on a variety of soil types providing they are well-drained and has no pests affections. The plant needs trimming to achieve and maintain a tree form. The attractive leaves and showy blooms make this a good choice to grow near a patio or deck, in above ground planters, and as an accent or specimen tree. It is also a great choice as a hardy, colorful shrub border or parking lot buffer strip.

Additional information

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native



Flowering Season

All Year

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Flower Color


Plant Type

Evergreen, Flowering


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