Dalbergia ecastaphyllum, also known as Coinvine Creeper, is a large shrub, vine or creeper native to South America. It can grow up to 5-10 feet tall and has a fibrous bark. The plant is particularly popular for its attractive, dark green, compound leaves with an obovate shape that turn orange-brown in the fall. It has an exotic appeal, making it a great addition to any garden.
This plant enjoys full sun to semi-shade and thrives in moderately moist, well-drained soil. It is surprisingly salt tolerant, making it an excellent choice for seaside gardens. Coinvine produces white or off-white flowers throughout the summer. During winter, it produces large, coin-shaped pods that give the plant its name.
Coinvine is generally grown in USDA Zone 9-11, making it ideal for warm-weather gardens. It requires regular watering and should be protected from cold spells when grown in a pot. If you live in a region that experiences cold winters, it is advisable to move the plant indoors when temperatures drop. In a pot, Coinvine can also benefit from consistent fertilization.
The plant unique coin-shaped woody pods and attractive leaves make it stand out in any garden. Its moderate water and sun requirements make it easy to care for. The plant is hardy and resilient, making it an excellent choice for gardeners looking to add an exotic touch to their garden.
For those growing Coinvine in a pot in cold regions, it is essential to ensure the plant is watered regularly, especially during winter. The plant should be placed in a sunny spot, and you can use a grow light to supplement the sunlight during winter. The plant requires a well-draining potting mix and consistent fertilization. It is advisable to move the plant indoors during extreme cold spells, ensuring it gets enough light to thrive.