In February 2002, we planted this Royal Poinciana, Delonix regia,
tree in our Shade Garden. Each spring, when these tropical beauties are sporting vibrant orange-red flowers, ours has let me down - until this year! I think it's already pretty beautiful - but there are LOTS more buds to open.
Royal Poinciana, native to Madagascar, is deciduous. It's one of the last trees to leaf-out. A freeze and Christmas Eve snow in 2004 nipped it back some. But this is a fast growing tree - you can expect it to put on about 5 feet a year. Mature height is 30-40 feet. Many trees I notice are wider than they are tall.
The blooms are so high up, it's hard to get a good picture of the flowers - but you can see all the dark round buds on these clusters.
I never realized how large each individual flower is - about 3 inches in length. This tree is grown from seed - and the seed pods are quite impressive too - it's a hard dark seed pod that I would guess measures at least nine inches. If you look close you can see some pods on this picture
. Our Royal Poinciana is putting on such a beautiful show that I've forgiven her for making us wait seven long years for our first flower.
Very lovely flowers, and I like the vibrant color. It does seem to be worth the long wait.
What a beautiful tree! I will enjoy visits to your blog, and seeing some things that I just can't plant here in my zone 4 garden. Argh! Darn zone envy!! :)
JAN - The color is so very vibrant - the warm color fits perfectly in our tropical landscape. I can just see the tree over the rooftop when I drive in from work. It's such a welcoming sight!
LIISA - Yep, but there are lots of things we can't grow - and my the end of July every thing is droopy from the heat.
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