The Q&A Archives: About a tree

Question: I saw a beautiful tree at a Fl nursery, asked the name and was told

Answer: I think the tree is Peltophorum pterocarpum: Common Name: yellow poinciana, yellow flame tree. Yellow poinciana is a very showy flowering tree up to 50' tall, with wide-spreading branches that form an umbrella-like crown up to 25' across. The stems and twigs are rusty-red, the fragrant flowers are clustered on upright stalks about 18" long. Each flower is about an inch and a half across with translucent yellow, strangely-crinkled petals. The flowers have conspicuous orange stamens and each petal has a reddish brown mark in the center. They are followed by purplish brown, flattened, oblong seed pods, 3-4" long, which remain on the tree until the next flowering season. Hope this is the tree in question.

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