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PELTOPHORUM dubium

Image of Peltophorum dubium

João de Deus Medeiros, Flickr Contributor

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

PELTOPHORUM dubium

Plant Common Name

Brasiletto, Yellow Copperpod, Yellow Jacaranda

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General Description

Frilly, fern-like foliage and bright yellow summertime flowers are ornamental highlights of the yellow copperpod. Also called brasiletto, this semi-evergreen tree is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It develops a picturesque, dome-like canopy. Compared to the Asian-native copperpod (Peltophorum pterocarpum), this species is more cold hardy, sturdier in wind, has more leaflets on each feathery leaf, and overall is less flamboyant of a tree.

Leaves are large and feathery in texture, having a doubly compound structure. The rusty colored leaf stems have side stems that each carry 20 to 30 oval green leaflets. Newly unfurling leaves are fuzzy and pale green-bronze before deepening to medium green. In frosty subtropical winters, the tree will become fully deciduous. Flowering occurs in the heat of summer. Upright spikes with yellow (not rust-colored) flower buds cover the leafy canopy. However, the level of spectacular bloom varies year to year. The nocturnally fragrant flowers are light to lemon yellow and later develop into pinkish-tan seed pods.

Grow yellow copperpod in abundant sunshine in any fertile, well-drained soil. It demonstrates excellent drought tolerance and moderate tolerance to coastal conditions. Use it as a specimen shade/flowering tree in a park or spacious garden. During the years of heavy flower production, yellow copperpod is no less than stunning. It makes a worthwhile avenue tree, but the brittle wood and shallow root system may be problematic.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 13

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m

  • Width

    35'-50' / 10.7m - 15.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    South America, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Lemon Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Light Pink, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes