Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 35 to 40 feet
Plant Spread: 40 to 60 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Other: Soft, elongated green pods of 12 inches or longer that hang loosely from stems and mature to a woody brown.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
This tree in full bloom is a traffic stopper!

The Flamboyant 'Flamboyant'The Flamboyant 'Flamboyant'
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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Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 8, 2011 8:22 PM

This fast growing tropical tree is a sight to behold when it is in full bloom. Make sure to give it plenty of space, but otherwise it is a pretty carefree tree; some people don't like having to pick up the large seedpods after the bloom season, but this tree is worth that bit of work to me. A real traffic stopper! There is a variety of colors in the yellow to orange to red range available.

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Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 7, 2012 9:18 AM

The seedpods, which form very soon after the flowering cycle and grow large very quickly, remain on the tree throughout the winter months. The hard dry seedpods are then shed by the tree during the first of the summer storms, allowing the seeds to be dispersed in the rainy season, which aids in quick germination. I have picked probably 200 small seedlings from under my tree this year so far (posted in September 2012)

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 19, 2013 7:17 PM

Official tree of the Northern Marianas.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 20, 2016 7:58 PM

National flower of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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