Barringtonia neocaledonica

Scientific Name

Barringtonia neocaledonica Vieill.


Doxomma neocaledonicum, Michelia neocaledonica, Stravadium neocaledonicum

Scientific Classification

Family: Lecythidaceae
Genus: Barringtonia


Color: Pinkish-white
Bloom Time: Flowering occurs in the late dry season


Barringtonia neocaledonica is a beautiful small garden tree with fissured grey bark and bright green leaves. It grows up to 33 feet (10 m) tall. Leaves are up to 12 inches (30 cm) long and up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) wide. The foliage will turn red over winter, especially in colder zones. It produces long racemes of fluffy, pinkish-white flowers followed by a woody "fruit."

Barringtonia neocaledonica
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USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Grows naturally in moderately humid to humid tropical coastal climates, generally in areas with annual lows of 68 to 77 °F (20 to 25 °C), annual highs of 81 to 93 °F (27 to 34 °C), annual rainfall of 1000 to 4000 mm and a dry season of 6 months or less.

Sea Poison Tree grows best in fertile, humid, well-drained soil. Prefers a position in full sun or light shade. Established plants are fairly drought tolerant and very tolerant of saline conditions and salt-laden winds. They thrive in the wild, where their roots dabbling in the brackish waters of lagoons, inlets, estuaries, and seasonally flooded coastal regions.

New plants are usually grown from seed. It performs best on free-draining sand and loam soils of a slightly acid to alkaline nature, generally with a pH of 6.0 to 8.5 and on sites with full sun exposure. It has good tolerance to salt, wind, tidal flooding, and coral derived limestone soils. See more at How to Grow and Care for a Sea Poison Tree (Barringtonia asiatica)


Native to New Caledonia.


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