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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE
  • SYNONYMS Strongylodon lucidus
  • ELEVATION RANGE Mid
  • FAMILY Fabaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Vine/Climber
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires ample water and good drainage
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Partial sun to Full shade
  • SALT TOLERANCE Unknown
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Strongylodon ruber
(nuku'i'iwi, k'i'iwi, nuku, Hawai'i jadevine,)

The mature height of this vine is 38-46 feet, with a 19-foot spread, and it hosts beautiful, highly unique flowers. The beauty of this vine is internationally renowned. Its seeds were often used for seed leis by early Hawaiians. Unlike other pea-family members, its pods do not break open to spill seed on their own and must be done manually for propagation. Strongylodon ruber is listed as a species of concern under the US Endangered Species Act. The number of populations are currently unknown although estimates of a thousand individuals have been made.

Plant Uses

  • Privacy-screening plant
  • Specimen
  • Shade
  • Ornamental
  • Cultural significance
  • Lei flower
  • Cut flower
  • Nitrogen fixer

Dangers