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Daubentonia punicea /Rattlebox

Daubentonia punicea  / Daubentonia punicea
Autumn seed pods and locust-like foliage
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Autumn seed pods and locust-like foliage

Seed pods in mid summer and foliage

Early summer flowers and foliage

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Summer flowers and foliage

Summer flowers

Plants not particularly attractive when not in flower

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Scientific Name: Daubentonia punicea
Common Name: Rattlebox
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Orange
Fruit color: Brown
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Produces orange clusters of flowers that resemble those of wisteria. If the dried seed pod is shaken, the seeds rattle inside, thus the common name. The seeds are poisonous if ingested.