How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Caesalpinia, Bird of paradise bush, Dwarf poinciana, Barbados pride—Caesalpinia, Poinciana spp.
Family Fabaceae (Pea family)

Plant Identification

Caesalpinias are evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees.  Plants grow quickly and have fernlike leaves.  Flowers are produced in clusters on the ends of branches and attract hummingbirds.  Blooms may be yellow, orange, or red.  Caesalpinias produce poisonous seeds and pods.

Optimum conditions for growth

Caesalpinias prefer areas with full sun and require little to moderate amounts of water.  Deep, infrequent watering is best.  Plants grow best in light, well-drained soil.  Prune in early spring to remove old growth before new growth takes off. 

Flower of Caesalpinia

Pests and disorders of Caesalpinia and Poinciana spp.


Environmental disorders



Foliage of Caesalpinia
Foliage of Caesalpinia

Fruit of Caesalpinia
Fruit of Caesalpinia

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