Piscidia piscipula

Jamaica-dogwood, Fish-poison Tree

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink,red,green
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Shade tree. Also good for hedge rows.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
  

  • Larval host for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius) and hammock skipper (Polygonus leo) butterflies.
  • Attracts bee pollinators.

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Hammocks, somewhat shady areas near the coast.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Native Americans used an extract from the bark, roots, twigs, and leaves to sedate fish, making them easier to catch. Has been used as a medicine.