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Leopard Tree, Brazilian Ironwood
A wonderful, small to medium, evergreen tree with a spreading crown of pinnate leaves, clusters of bright yellow flowers and smooth, beautifully mottled bark. Caesalpinia ferrea is native to rainforests and gallery forests in eastern and northeastern Brazil at low to medium elevations. The durable and heavy, high quality wood is much sought after. In cultivation it adapts well to tropical and many warm temperate climates.