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By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

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Delonix Species, Flamboyant Tree, Flame Of The Forest, Flame Tree, Royal Poinciana

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delonix (dee-LON-iks) (Info)
Species: regia (REE-jee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Delonix regia var. flavida
Synonym:Delonix regia var. genuina
Synonym:Poinciana regia


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:


Foliage Color:




USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Bloom Color:

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Bloom Time:

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

From seed winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Bradenton, Florida(2 reports)

Cape Coral, Florida(2 reports)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida(4 reports)

Fort Myers, Florida(2 reports)

Key West, Florida(2 reports)

Melbourne, Florida(2 reports)

Orlando, Florida(10 reports)

Sarasota, Florida(2 reports)

West Palm Beach, Florida(2 reports)

Winter Park, Florida(2 reports)

Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico(3 reports)

Brownsville, Texas(3 reports)

Corpus Christi, Texas(2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

On Jul 24, 2017, FMG345 from Key West, FL wrote:

Origin is Madagascar, but introduced to other parts of the tropic/subtropic areas of the world.
The Royal Poinciana blooms in the late Winter or spring in Key West and only grows in the tropics/subtropics in zones 10b to 12a.
Key West is a subtropical region of the Western hemisphere.

They thrive in south Florida (Broward/Dade, Florida Keys and Key West. The royal Poinciana Tree width is the same as height which is is 20 to 30 feet. Royals have a fast growth rate of up to five feet a year and they also make perfect shade trees.

Royal Poinciana flower is vermilion (vibrant red) and orchid-like and are large: four to five inches across, produces large seed pods and can self seed.

Anywhere else that is cold in the winter and the te. read more mps drop Below 45 degrees and frost, the trees can't thrive at all, they are too sensitive to the cold.

On Apr 2, 2017, stokethem from Chelmsford,
United Kingdom wrote:

I had a decorated seed pod from Antigua, for about 6 years,
I am in the UK so less than temperate climate, but I planted some of these in the summer (I didn't score the seed, just popped it in the dirt) ,I kept the strongest one in a pot , it is sensitive to cold but will cope if in full sun.
When it yellows or drops leaves from the lower branches I give it a little nitrogen , (fish or seaweed based) .
It overwinters indoors atm but I don't think it will fit after this next summer.

On Aug 9, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Sheds its leaves in winter in West Palm Beach, Florida.

With age, this fast-growing tree often grows twice as wide as tall, or even wider. In rare cases it can reach 40' tall, though trees of 18' are much more common. In mass plantings, it should be spaced at least 25' apart---or preferably more if you plant for the long term---but certainly not 12-15' as indicated above.

The wood is brittle, and its wind resistance is considered medium/low. This is an important consideration in hurricane-prone areas. [ [email protected] ]

Prefers sandy well-drained soils. Tolerates drought and salt.

Native to Madigascar, where it is endangered. W. read more idely naturalized in many tropical regions.

On Jul 30, 2016, guyby85 from San Jose, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I brought back a couple of RP seed pods from Mexico back in the mid '70s and successfully sprouted a few of them, but back then there was little information available about growing these beautiful trees in a more temperate climate. I lost them all due to leaving them out in a cold Bay Area winter, even though sheltered. I think it was due as much to the cold as it was to not letting them dry out during the winter.

Some 40 years later, I still have many seeds, so I recently tried to germinate one, scoring it first. A few days later, it sprouted!

Thanks to all of the information on line, and seeing that these are being successfully grown in Hayward and Livermore, I feel more confident about my chances to maintain a potted specimen. I may sprout more and give. read more one to my sister, who lives in Los Angeles in a favorable zone for tropical plants.

On Feb 23, 2016, GoatLockerGuns from San Antonio, TX wrote:

This tree is easy to germinate from seed if scarified. Simply make a small and shallow cut with a sharp knife along the side of the hard seed shell (only deep enough to see the slightest white from the endosperm inside). Place the seed in a zip lock bag filled up 1/3 of the way with potting soil (preferably a seed germinating mix I have also found that the Palm/Cactus/Citrus blends work well). Dampen the soil and place the zip lock bag on a seed germination heat mat. Should germinate in 2-5 days.

On Oct 2, 2014, talk2mide from Fort Myers, FL wrote:

My first experience growing RP in Fort Myers, FL. Here's what I've learned so far and what are my challenges:

- When collecting seeds from local trees in the area, I've found that the brown pods contain the mature seeds

- The strongest/newest seeds seem to have a greenish tint

- The best way to expose the inner seed was with a flat wire stripper w/ adjustable screw

- Since the seeds grow fast, I found it adventitious to plant seeds in 1 or 3 gal pots to reduce transplant shock

- I grow multiple plants at once and choose the best one(s) after some die, grow slow, end up with deficiencies or diseases, etc.

- Challenge - Multiple plants about 1-2 months old are turning pale green/yellow (leaves) while lo. read more cated in full sun. I have others on my back patio that are getting only morning sun but are green. Not sure if the yellowing leaves is resulting from too much heat (when young and sensitive) or maybe too much water? I'm using good potting soil so I don't think that's it. Maybe the dark plastic containers i'm using are getting too hot and impacting the roots? Water i'm using is rain water so I don't think it's that. Maybe I'll try wrapping a few pots in foil to test that possibility.

Any comments/feedback would be appreciated.

On Sep 21, 2014, 52williamsCA from Highgrove, CA wrote:

I grew delonix regia from seeds harvested in Hawaii. Seeds scored with knife or file sprouted easily but most failed at 6 inch high in dry heat of inland southern Calif. One of twenty survived to be a yard tree 20 feet tall and with beautiful thick domed canopy. Took 20 years, but I got first bloom cluster in Sept. 2014. Roughly 25 buds in one cluster opened with perfect crimson flowers. Hope next season I will get a more complete tree covering bloom typical of this fine plant.

On Aug 9, 2014, nicholsm from Bangor, ME wrote:

Excellent tree! I collected two seeds in Florida from a mature delonix regia, and germinated both of them in three days when I got back to Maine through means of scarification and soaking. Plants grew fast I reported both of them after the first week. Being in zone 5, they will obviously will not survive the winter here, so they will become indoor bonsai.

On Jun 1, 2013, danelady from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

Not very many plants that I look at are listed as growing in Las Vegas Nevada. However, I am an avid gardener who was raised in the San Fernando Valley in California and am determined to bring some green and color to my oasis in the desert.

I have been vacationing annually to Maui for the last 10 years or so and wanting to bring back garden treasures, but found agriculture inspections to be pretty strict. So, last year I decided to go on a hunt for seed ponds from various trees and plants that I thought I would l like to have to enrich my acre garden. After 2 weeks of having a blast collecting varies ponds with my sister I brought back several different types of seeds with a lot of hope that maybe some would spout and then maybe survive our extreme dry winds in spring, t. read more hen our squelching heat in summer. The most relief is fall, which most plants need to survive our once again dry windy cold winters. Dry and windy are the key words that make it so difficult to grow here in Las Vegas. We certainly have a long enough growing season. But spring winds reek havoc on all new fragile sprouting growth and leave plants looking tattered by the time summer heat arrives.

Anyways, after collecting, bagging listing and taking pictures of seeds and the mature trees and plants I finally planted all of my specimens this spring 2013. The one I wanted to grow the most was a tree that had a huge canopy and red profuse flowers growing all over it. After research and comparing the pictures I took, I found the name of the tree to be Royal Poinciana or Delonix Regia. The seeds are rather large and very hard. So I decided to try the boil and soak method. Very simple - just boil some water, remove from heat, immediately add seeds (while water is hot) soak seeds over night and after water has cooled the next day plant seeds. Out of the 12 seeds I planted (I planted so many because I had little expectations of very many making it), 7 have spouted and are growing beautifully. The second set of leaves are ever so graceful and over 3 1/2 inches long, and have withstood some horrific winds we have recently had. Out of all of the seeds I collected I have had best results with these and after reading all the numerous posts from Dave's Garden I am sure I will have the most beautiful Royal Poinciana tree in my yard and be the envy of all my friends and neighbors here in Las Vegas.

I hope that next year I will be able to add some pictures and share some more information on this fabulous tree.

In the meantime when on vacation, take my advice and collect seeds and pods from plants and trees that you find of interest. It's not only fun, but a great way to bring back memories of your holiday for years to come.

On Feb 27, 2013, jpuras73 from Palm Bay, FL wrote:

I am looking to buy a Yellow Royal Poinciana or Flamboyan Amarillo tree. It is my understanding that just because I have a seed from a royal poinciana tree, does not mean it will grow to be a yellow tree. Is this true?
Any help is greatly appreciated.

On Oct 13, 2012, slickrjt from Tampa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

To my surprise, this particular tree is incredibly easy to germinate from seed! Actually, it was too successful because now I have about 6 poincianas MORE than I want. I chose the two best performers and planted them in the ground (at 5 feet tall initially) at the end of spring.

Now. one frustrating part for me is the conflicting account of the growing zone! Some say 10a+, some say it does okay in 9b period, some say it does okay in 9b if it is in a "micro-climate". There seems to be no consensus.

Now, I've personally seen full grown, blooming specimens of this tree in South Tampa, which is close to the 9b/10a border, as well as North Tampa, in solid 9b territory, so I am relatively optimistic. So I am going to wait and hope for the best. This winter will . read more be the test.

On Sep 2, 2012, Bethroot from Winter Park, FL wrote:

I am not a master gardner and this may be common knowledge but I wanted to share this in case anyone else is as clueless as I am.

I have tried for a year to start seedlings from my Poincia tree. After googling "scarify" I tried it and had zero luck. A friend with a green thumb simply took the seeds from a dried brown seed on the tree and stuck in the dirt. Didn't even bury it. We now have tons of them! Go figure.

On Aug 31, 2012, panif from nicosia,
Cyprus wrote:

Flame trees grow really well here in Cyprus but following an unusually cold winter, our 3 year old (8 ft) tree started to produce leaves in Spring but then stopped and the leaves went brown and are falling off. The main trunk appears to still be alive but the branches seem dead. Anyone know of any way to save this poor tree - or is it terminal?

On Jun 15, 2012, Farvista from Flower Mound, TX wrote:

I live in a suburb just north of the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport.
My soil isn't ideal for this plant (it tends to clay and alkaline) but it grows. In 2010, I planted this in a south-facing bed that's in front of a large window and next to a patio. They radiate a lot of heat in the summer, but even on the 100F + days, if it gets enough water, it seems perfectly happy. In the winter, that radiating saves it, I guess. That first winter was pretty cold for Texas. I cut the plant to the ground and mounded an entire bag of mulch on top of it, but when I saw it covered with ice and snow, I figured it was doomed. In spring, I uncovered it and waited. And waited. Eventually, I was rewarded with tiny new leaves. It's back this year too. It'll never get all that big, maybe 5' or so, before winter. read more sets in, but the flowers are too nice to really care.

On Mar 15, 2012, johnchen99 from Livermore, CA wrote:

Growing in Livermore, CA. Need a lot of protection for those days below 30 degrees.

On Aug 18, 2011, Ottlit3 from Volente, TX wrote:

I have Caesalpinia pulcherrima not Delonix regia.

On May 2, 2011, GulfCoastJoe from Houston, TX wrote:

I had one that grew beautifully for the better part of 5 years. It was every bit of 15 feet tall with about that spread and around an 8 inch diameter, then we went down to 22 degrees. It actually began to come back from the trunk, but it finally gave up. It looks like it stayed a little too wet, a little too long at just the right/wrong time.

I may wait a year or two to see if we're done with the exaggerated lows.

On Feb 18, 2011, Goliadforever from Bastrop, TX wrote:

Saw these trees in Miami at the horseshow grounds and fell in love. Could find nobody who could id them until last week. Something like 12 years later. Would like to try them here in Bastrop and see that there is a member who started some out of Red Rock. Which is just down the road. I would like seeds or plants. Can't wait to post my success story of this tree. The DERM people out of Florida, tell me that in order to produce blooms, the tree must have a dry spell. Our droughts ought to be right up the trees alley. Please, somebody help me bring em to Bastrop.

On Nov 1, 2010, sleeknight from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I purchased about 20 seeds on ebay for this tree in April of this year. I recently moved from Brownsville Texas to San Antonio Texas and wanted a tree like I had in Brownsville which was beautiful and had large orange flowers. I planted all the seeds in pods and everyone came up. I transplanted several (not all) in my back yard and near fence. I now have over 6' trees that are all beautiful. The weather here in winter concerns me since it gets colder here than in Brownsville. But, after reading all comments, I am going to mulch well and cover and hope they all make it through the winter. These trees are so tropical looking and have the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. I clipped the lower branches so that I can edge around them and also it made them branch more at the top. I'm so e. read more xcited to see such growth from seed in only six months. Hoping next year to see flowering.

On Aug 29, 2010, KamKhaos from Waynesville, GA wrote:

I really like these trees and my feedback is neutral only because I am not sure yet whether it will make it over the winter in my area.
I'm in SE Georgia (still zone 8). I brought a pod back from Jamaica and planted some of the seeds, of which two sprouted. These are over 2 ft tall now in pots. The time will inevitably come when they are too large to bring into the house overwinter. I know I'll have to plant them and hope for the best. I am somewhat encouraged by seeing some of your comments that it has survived mid-20s. In a bad winter here it will get a little colder than that. Is there any way to really protect this tree once it is 10ft or above? Losing branches is one thing, but losing the tree is what I'd like to avoid.

I like these and it would be . read more a shame to lose them. They are certainly enjoying our hot summer here and growing rapidly.

On Aug 26, 2010, jowben1 from Port Saint Lucie, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have one, 10' tall, 2 that are in pots, about 18" tall, and 2 more in the mail. Can anyone tell me how old they have to be to flower . I am in the Treasure Coast area of Florida,(Port Saint Lucie). Thanks for any info .

On Jul 28, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I am a S. Florida native and have seen these trees around my entire life. They are literally EVERYWHERE! Actually there is one down the street that is currently in full bloom. it is sooo pretty! I am tempted to walk down and pick up a seed pod off the sidewalk.

My parents had this tree in their back yard. I remember it being a bit messy when it bloomed (My sister and I did the clean up) but, it did not matter because our yard had a carpet of ORANGE!! I remember the wind blowing and it would shower flowers. It blooms a couple of times a year and every time, it was breathtaking! Not only that but it attracts a LOT of butterflies! Can't tell you how many backyard picnics my sister and I had under that tree.

The only drawback is the branches are a little britt. read more le so it does drop them often. I wouldn't plant a tree like this in my front yard where cars are parked. The seed pods are a couple of inches long and are very hard. kids in our neigborhood used to use them as play swords. Imagine a wooden "sword" falling several feet down on a nice paint job. yeah, not good.

One thing though, never seen any of these trees blown over in a hurricane (maybe during Andrew. but then again, there wasn't much left standing after that storm). They may be brittle up top but have very strong roots.

On Jun 3, 2010, berachahvalley from Red Rock, TX wrote:

I received 6 of these seeds in 2004 and misplaced them. Last May 2009 I found them and figured I'd pop em in a container for the heck of it. I was so shocked that they all came up! They grew 8-12 inches and lost all their leaves in the winter. Our winters are usually no lower than the 30's for a couple days at a time and then back in the 60's for the most part. They shouldn't really survive here. I left the pot outside all winter and it was unusually frigid with a few nights getting down in the single digits and seeming to stay cold far past the norm. I almost tossed the pot a couple weeks ago because we are well into our growing season with veggies ready for picking and flowers in bloom for 4 months. So glad I didn't because 5 of the 6 are now covered in leaves and reaching for the sky. I. read more 'll individually pot them this weekend and even if they don't make it through the coming winter they have delighted and amazed me with their resilence.

On May 26, 2010, Kiyzersoze from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Easy to start from seed. Nick the seed coating and soak overnight in warm water before planting for faster germination.

On Oct 16, 2009, Hillibeen from Farnborough, Hampshire,
United Kingdom wrote:

Three years ago I brought some seed pods of the Flame Tree back from Cuba. This summer I planted two seeds in the greehouse. They both grew, but one seedling was eaten by mice. The other succeeded and it is now eighteen inches tall. In late September some of the leaves turned yellow and fell off when I touched them. I have now brought my baby tree into the kitchen and it stands by a South facing window. I am a bit concerned that it is dying (knowing nothing about the growing and care of this tree) as I thought they only shed their leaves in times of drought. I have now read that they are deciduous. Can the seeds be planted any time of the year? Do they require special compost/feeding? Any advice would be most welcome.

On Jul 24, 2009, seatick from Fruitland Park, FL wrote:

Thirty years ago I found myself on an unexpected trip to Ft. Myers, Florida. It just so happened this trip coincided with the time of the year that the Royal Poincianas bloom. It was absolutely breathtaking to top an over pass or bridge when coming into town and the Poincianas could be seen across the city in full bloom. I fell in love with them and was determined I would have one of my own here in Central Florida (area of The Villages).

Last month I took a trip to Naples, Florida, and the Poincianas were in bloom and once again, it rekindled my love affair I had with them all those years ago.

But as far as success with growing them in this area? Not to be. I had one that grew to around 25 ft. during the past few relatively warm winters, then last winter it. read more succumbed to our low temps in the 20's.

Guess I will just have to move south!!

On Jan 18, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

On January 1st 2009,I sowed seed from Florida here at home in Hayward ca and on January 18,2009 they have begun to sprout.
Like many fast growing soft leafed tropicals that grow here I expect a future planting to have some frost damage every other year,but still go forward every summer.
I don't think they have ever been grown here in the bay area..will keep you informed as they progress outdoors.

On Nov 14, 2008, eliasastro from Athens,
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very fast growing.
Though it can survive some upper 20's, large branches can be lost, so it is better to be protected from freezing temperatures.

On May 4, 2008, fairywings3 from Newcastle,
Australia wrote:

I have just recently planted a poinciana in my front garden. so too has my son who lives two doors down from me. these trees are everywhere in Queensland and are stunning. I live in Newcastle NSW. I know of two mature ones in my area which are growing well. I have always wanted one and have never known any nurseries in my area to sell them, until now. maybe it is global warming. our climate here has changed. hence my purchase. my sister has also planted two in her front garden. All our trees are doing well at the moment but we are just starting to come into winter. I suppose they will defoliate as the two established ones do. However, they certainly burst forth when the weather warms up and are truely magnificent.

On Apr 2, 2008, captan from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I live in the Ft. Lauderdale area, and recently planted a royal poinciana in my front yard. Within 45 days it lost every leaf. I also noticed that there were several large mature royals in the neighborhood that have also lost all their leaves, which makes me believe they are dormant.

On Jan 22, 2008, lauraroxie from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

St. Petersburg, Florida (zone 9b): Good news after a relatively low night of temps. I have a 4 foot tall new plant in the ground. the base is less than an inch thick and thought I would lose it this month. Temps hit a low of 26 degrees and my poinciana isn't showing a bit of damage and in fact, has put forth new leaves in the 3 weeks since. Fingers crossed.

On Oct 7, 2006, Dazzer from Winchester,
United Kingdom wrote:

I live in the south of England and managed to grow a Royal Poinciana from a seed pod I brought back from Australia. I did not think I would succeed! It's currently in a pot in my conservatory. It is approximately 4 feet tall at two years.

I put it outside in the hotter summer months (June to September) but dare not risk it outside during the other months as I am not sure whether it will survive the cold. I believe we are a Zone 8.

On Sep 22, 2006, reesieo10 from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

I planted my royal poincianna tree in the spring of this year. It is presently doing well. The tree has grown from 4 ft to approximately 6 ft. It has spread more horizontally than vertically with three branches which are about 10 inches from the base of the trunk and extend 4-5 ft horizontally. I am not sure whether or not I should prune the two side branches or let them be.

I live in Zephyr Hills, Florida (zone 9) and purchased this tree from a nursery that claimed that it thrives in this zone. I am concerned because it gets down to freezing temps here( high 20's-low 30's). I bought the tree without researching first. I was enamored with the beauty of the tree.

On Feb 6, 2006, FloridaGrower from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I recently came back from a trip to Puerto Rico, and this beautiful tree was all over the island. Although it was not blooming, its architectural appearance was quite stunning, with an japanese wind swept bonsai look. Its branches extend very far out from the trunk, and the leaves are very delicate looking. One of the homes I visited in aguadilla, contained several trees arranged in such a way, as to stuck an almost mystical view. this has become one of my favorites, known also to the people of P.R. as the Flamboyan tree.
Must be under a large one to truly appreciate this stunner.

On Mar 8, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

When we moved into this house we had two fully grown Royal Poinciana plants on the property. They were planted too close to the utility lines on the east border so we cut them down. I was not able to replant until two years ago when we put our incoming utility lines underground. I purchased mine from a nursery. It was ten feet tall, including the pot. Two years later it's over 25 feet tall and it generates the shade I was looking for to plant non full sun plants (the sun is very strong here.) In this neighborhood about every third house has one. Most are very large, probably in the 40-foot and taller range. Here they bloom from late spring through late fall. When in bloom the neighborhood looks terrific. They drop lots of flowers and in the winter months the tiny leaflets do blow. read more into the pool. One of my neighbors told me in the Philippines they make candy out of the large seed pods. The trees are easy to climb so the grandchildren get a big kick out of them.

I recently uploaded a picture of my young tree beginning its bloom cycle. The pic has an inset showing the beautiful orchid-like flowers.

On Sep 2, 2004, Josette from Henderson, TX wrote:

I acquired some of this seed (looks like a large bean) and now have 12 plants up which are about 5 inches tall. I live in East Texas and I know that they may not live here but I have to try. I am planning on putting them out next week (first of September) in full sun.

On Jul 28, 2004, greeneyed_doll from Arlington, TN wrote:

I was researching how to grow these magnificient trees and found a website that says that they "usually will not bloom in pots." Also I read that they need regular watering to establish the tree, but once established it blooms best when it undergoes drought through the winter months. I recently went to Antigua, West Indies (incredible place) and I fell in love, not only with the island, but with the flamboyant tree. It was my first time to go out of the USA and my first major vacation ever. I am ruined. I live in Tennessee near Memphis and I have some seeds of this tree and I am going to try and grow one just for fun.

On Jul 25, 2004, kathyinaz from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

At a traffic roundabout right outside the city walls of Rabat, Morocco, there is a huge flame-tree. The flame tree blooms a little bit after the jacaranda.
The city walls are ochre, and there are roses and some succulents, and a lawn planted between the wall and the sidewalk. Magenta bougainvilla tumbles from the walls. The sky is bright blue, the lavender-blue of the jacaranda, then the orange-red of the flame tree.
With all the wonderful sights in Rabat, it's easy to take that intersection for granted. I never took a photo of it. But it's one visual memory that has stayed with me long since leaving Morocco.

On Jun 20, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

This tree grows very well in Cuba, where I was born, and we called it a flamboyan (from the word flamboyant), which it certainly is when all covered in blooms.

It grows well here in Hawaii also and I look forward to seeing it in full bloom every year.

At one time in our lives, we lived on a small island, just south of Cuba for a couple of years. the name of the island at the time (before the government changed it to the Isle of Youth) was the Isle of Pines due to the prolific pines that grew all over the little island.

We lived on a piece of property called Casa Maсana, right on the banks of the New Gerona River - near the mouth.
The place must have had at least a dozen Royal Poincianas planted around the yard. I remember in . read more late afternoons, when the sun was going down, how the light was diffused by the filtering of the sun rays on the trees and how it also reflected on the flame colored petals that carpeted the ground all around the trees and also on the surface of the river. giving the whole yard the feeling of being engulfed in light "friendly" orange flames. It was absolutely magical.

On Jun 19, 2004, spaceman_spiff from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I live in St. Petersburg, FL, and just got back from a trip to Key West, FL, where these trees are blooming all over the place. Simply beautiful! From the top of the Key West lighthouse, many of the trees could be seen all over town. As fate would have it, I was walking down a street when a large truck passed by, and the top of the truck hit some low-hanging branches of one of these trees, knocking down a couple of seed pods. I've brought them home and am going to try to start some seedlings. I read the previous comment from someone about a former tree in the St. Petersburg area that froze one year, so I'll have to be careful not to let my seedlings/trees freeze (if the seeds sprout!) I am thinking of trying to grow one in a large "patio pot."

On Apr 23, 2004, Jamespayne from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I was fortunate to live and work in growing zone 11 several years ago. I could not wait for the middle of June to arrive to see all of the Royal Poinciana's in full bloom!! They were never late or lacked in abudnance in their blooming.

On Jan 21, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This tree gets into full bloom on late spring/early summer. Larger trees are simply striking, covered with red flowers. Each tree has a unique shape, it never gets boring looking at them, even if they are not blooming

This is a great shade tree, and the branches grow horizontally, sometimes growing downwards, making even older trees actually short, but greatly wide. However, this is a tree that should be kept at a distance from houses, walls, any kind of pavements because of its expansive and superficial roots.

On Sep 20, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, zone 9b, for ten years, and our neighbors across the street had a beautiful, large Royal Poinciana tree in the center of their front yard, with a circular driveway around it. It was simply a delight to look out at that tree from my living room windows, especially when it was in full bloom. But the tree has a graceful, arching, rather horizontal branching habit with airy leaflets and is quite attractive even when not in bloom.

Although that tree was at least twenty to thirty feet tall, and they could park their cars underneath it, unfortunately we had a very late freeze on March 1st one Spring, and the temperature went down to 18F degrees, and the tree was killed. Their yard never looked the same! They planted a pretty Jacaranda tree, w. read more hich has purple flowers, and is more hardy, but we all loved that Royal Poinciana, and if I lived in an area where they would survive I would plant lots of them.

On May 19, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is an extremely fast growing tree in zone 11. It makes a wonderful shade tree and they are used alot in landscaping alongside the highways here in the UAE. They are striking in May/June when they are in full bloom with red and orange flowers.

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