The Flamboyant 'Flamboyant': Flamboyant Tree

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The Flamboyant 'Flamboyant'

By Dutchlady1
August 16, 2014

Delonix regia is a tree known as "Flamboyant" in certain parts of the Caribbean, and it is easy to see how it got this name.

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Aug 16, 2014 7:41 AM CST
Where could I get seeds to this tree? I would love to container grow one. When we were in Ft Lauderde & Maimi Fl in 2000, I know this must have been what I saw growing there. It looked just like this. I asked several ppl, no one knew what it was. I have never forgotten or stopped longing for the beautiful tree. It was more orange than red.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 16, 2014 8:18 AM CST
Welcome! to ATP donnabking!
The colors range from yellow to deep red and everything in between.
I have seeds galore but this is not a tree that you can grow in a container. For one thing, it will not bloom until it has reached a certain size, so I would caution against trying this.
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OldGardener
Aug 16, 2014 10:10 AM CST
If you really want to try to grow one by seed, JLHudson does carry it. I just checked and it is $2.50 per pack plus their shipping rate. Dutchlady is definitely right, though, as I keep reading that it sends out a huge amount of surface roots and is a shallow-rooted tree - not really pot-friendly IMHO. I also read that due to the surface roots, it is not suitable for planting near foundations or driveways.

It really is a stunning tree, though! It would be fantastic for open spaces. Thumbs up

Dutchlady1, do you know offhand if it is related to albizia? The leaves and umbrella-like form remind me so much of the albizia here as well as its ability to fix nitrogen. What a gorgeous tree - thank you so much for the article!

And Donnabking, Welcome! to ATP Thumbs up
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Aug 16, 2014 10:31 AM CST
Dutchlady1, I would like to try growing one if you would like to share a few seeds. I will try them in-ground since you do not recommend containers.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Aug 16, 2014 10:33 AM CST
Dutchlady1, I would like to try growing one if you would like to share a few seeds. I will try them in-ground since you do not recommend containers. Thank you Dutchlady1 & Oldgardner for your help.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Aug 16, 2014 11:52 AM CST
They are both in the Fabaceae family OldGardener.

donnabking, where are you located?
So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
Aug 16, 2014 12:23 PM CST
Thank you, Hetty!
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