Calliandra tweedii
Photo by Flickr user mauroguanandi

Trinidad flame bush

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


Native to Brazil and Uraguay. Flame bush has foliage that resembles that of scarlet wisteria. A small tree or shrub 6-8 feet tall or 15 feet tall if trained as a tree. It has finely divided fern-like leaves that barely hide branching structure. The foliage is evergreen except in regions with winter freezes, where it will die back in freezes and recover. The beautiful flowers attract hummingbirds and form clusters of red tufts at the branch tips. They bloom spring through fall and may even bloom in the winter in warm regions.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted