General Plant Information (Edit)
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
Deciduous
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
Red
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
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
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Common names
  • Royal Poinciana
  • Flame Tree
  • Flamboyant Tree
  • Peacock Flower
  • Gulmohar
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Delonix regia
  • Synonym: Delonix regia var. flavida

Photo Gallery
Location: Cleveland, Queensland, Australia.
Date: 2014-11-20
Royal Poinciana is flaming the streets in late spring in southeas
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: May 2010
This tree in full bloom is a traffic stopper!
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2024-02-05
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-09-22
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-05-23
My yard, Sebastian, Fl
Location: Historical centre, Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2014-01-21
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-09-20
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2013-10-20
Taken in Naples, FL
Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Date: November 1996
Location: Jersey City, my balcony. 2 months old from seed
Date: 2021-08
Location: Miami FL, South Miami Ave
Date: 2021-05-20
Street landscaping
Location: Miami FL
Date: 2021-05-20
South Miami Ave street landscaping
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2014-08-19
Some call this locally as 'Elephant flower' for this reason!  Man
Location: Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
Date: May 2003
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-06-10
Location: Egypt
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-06-18
Location: Vero Beach,  Florida
Date: 2022-02-27
Location: Galapagos
Location: Playa del Carmen, México
Location: JC, my balcony
Date: 2022-08
1 year old from seed
Location: Historical centre, Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2014-01-21
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-06-15

opened seed pods
Location: Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2010-01-22
Location: Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2010-01-22
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2013-07-03
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: April 2012
single bloom - appr. 4-5 inches in diameter.
Location: Fort Meyers  florida
Date: 2022-06-26
Large flower clusters fully open
Location: Historical centre, Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2014-01-10
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-12-21

Date: June
credit: Prenn

Date: 2005-07-28

Date: 2005-12-16

Date: 2010-08-14
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
single flower bud
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-06-18
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
I have been told that the one white petal serves to attract polli
Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Location: Historical centre, Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2014-01-21
Roots of a very old tree with sprouted seedlings.
Location: Historical centre, Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2014-01-21
Location: Jamaica 
Date: 2005

Date: 2010-09-07

photo credit: Prateek Karandikar
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-06-18
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
clearly showing the feathery compound leaves
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
ripe and dry seedpod
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
unripe green seedpods
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: spring 2011
Yellow is one of the more unusual bloom colors on this beautiful
Location: Historical centre, Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2014-01-21
Host to many plant species, what a wealth! :)
Location: Historical centre, Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-22
Location: Historical centre, Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-12

Date: 2014-05-29
Photo courtesy of: Karen Blix
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
open, empty seedpod
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-02-24
Location: Southeast Florida
Date: June 2012
This is a most striking specimen.
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Comments:
  • Posted by Dutchlady1 on Sep 7, 2012 9:18 AM concerning plant:
    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)
  • Posted by Dutchlady1 on Dec 8, 2011 8:22 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 19, 2013 7:17 PM concerning plant:
    Official tree of the Northern Marianas.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 20, 2016 7:58 PM concerning plant:
    National flower of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Plant Events from our members
MySecretIslandGarden On September 5, 2022 Plant emerged
Found young plant growing in the mulch, transplanted to pot in front
skylark On November 15, 2023 Miscellaneous Event
finally after 6 months! grew new leaves
skylark On June 15, 2023 Maintenance performed
pruned lightly
skylark On May 15, 2022 Miscellaneous Event
dropped some leaves and grew new ones
skylark On March 15, 2022 Miscellaneous Event
dropped all leaves and grew new ones
skylark On June 12, 2021 Seeds germinated
1 out of 5 germinated
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Stunning photo by zuzu Oct 25, 2011 4:37 AM 4
ready to be pollinated! by Dutchlady1 Aug 28, 2013 6:02 PM 4

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