Piscidia piscipula

Jamaica-dogwood, fish-poison tree

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 45 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color   flower color      pink,red,green
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits


Recommended Uses: Shade tree.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant


wildlife plant  
Larval host for Fulvous Hairstreak (Electrostrymon angelia) and Hammock Skipper (Polygonus leo)
Native Habitats: Dry sites. Hammocks, shady areas near the coast.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


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.