bipinnate, compound, dissected
May - August
10.0 - 12.0
Tree with spreading branches growing to a height of 12 m, fruit is a 12 – 20 cm long legume, flower has numerous pink stamen, leaves alternate and bipinnately compound with leaflets that are conspicuously asymmetrical, twigs green to gray and covered with lenticles. Paniculate heads composed of 15-25 sessile flowers. Showy red or pink stamens. Fruit is a wrinkled legume 3-5" long.
Propagation is best by seed. Seeds average 11,000 per pound and germination ranges from 25 to 30% (Vines 1960).
Seeds may be eaten by birds and squirrels. The flowers are frequented by several species of humming bird and butterflies.
An escape from cultivation. Widely planted as an ornamental. Often found on fence rows and old fields.
Fencerows and old fields.