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CAESALPINIA

Commonly known as Nicker-bean

The common name, nicker bean is the fruit of C. bonduc which has established itself on tropical and subtropical beaches. It often gets washed out to sea, hence another name, sea pearl.

Genus of 70 or more deciduous and evergreen species of trees, scandent to climbing shrubs, and perennials from scrub, lowland rainforest and rocky mountain slopes in the tropics and subtropics.


  • Evergreen - trees, climbing shrubs and perennials.
  • Tall Shrub
  • Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - red spider mite, whitefly, mealybugs.
  • Place of origin - tropics and subtropics.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - loam based compost under glass with added leaf mould - full light

Buy Varieties of CAESALPINIA

CAESALPINIA gilliesii   AWARD

CAESALPINIA gilliesii  >


Commonly known as: Bird of paradise shrub.
Large erect racemes of up to 40 individual yellow flowers with scarlet stamens. Needs frost protection except in the mildest locations
£16.50 each

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