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Fairy Duster, False Mesquite


This is a low-growing shrub or small tree. Dark green leaves are finely divided into oval leaflets, often hairy beneath. Flower clusters show red, pink, or white stamens in round fluffy balls.

Calliandra eriophylla

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf notes : Individual leaflets narrowly ovate to lanceolate, 1/8- 1/4" long.

Leaf length : 3-5"

Leaf shape : Compound

Leaf color : Dark green

Flower Characteristics

Flower notes : Flowering occurs again in fall.

Flower width : 1 1/2"

Flower color : White

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Deciduous

Average size maturity width : 4-5 ft.

Average size maturity height : 2-3 ft.

Growth rate : Slow-Moderate

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 20 to 25 F (Z9a)

Sunset zone : 10-24

Water requirements : Rarely (Drought Tolerant)

Light exposure : Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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