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The species name of Poitea Florida (Wattapama) is confusing because it means “flowery”, but is not native to florida.
This tree is a deciduous small tree reaching 12-20 feet, sometimes larger, or as a shrub. The trunk is erect or descending, with gray fissured bark. The crown is umbrella-shaped with long slender spreading branches; twigs are brown, covered with fine hair. Subsequently, leaves are green, alternate or single, bipinnate, 2 – 5 inches long, with 8 – 20 pairs of oblong or elliptic leaflets, rounded at both ends, 1/4 – 5/8 x 1/8 – 1/4 inches.
Additionally, flowers are borne in clusters with short stems, blooms pea-shaped, blue to purple with white stamens. The tree flowers when it is without leaves. Also, fruits are flat pods, pointed at both ends, 2 1/2 – 4 inches long, twisting when splitting open, containing 5 – 20 seeds, used for propagation.
Information published about growth requirements presumes that Poitea Florida (Wattapama) can, like other legumes, grow on various well-drained types of soil.
This tree is an ideal landscape choice for small gardens and patios where space is limited, and in containers; providing handsome foliage, flowers and fruits in spring/summer. Pretty attractive as it looks similar to an open umbrella with tiny flowers; making it the perfect addition.