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Poitea Florida (Wattapama)



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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.

Additional information


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

Common Name

Retama, Wattapama

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


Puerto Rico

Flowering Season


Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Partial Shade

Flower Color


Plant Type

Deciduous, Deciduous, Flowering, Flowering