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Delonix regia (Flamboyant)

Flambouyant, Flamboyant, Flame Tree, Flametree, Peacock Flower, Peacock-Flower, Poinciana, Royal Poinciana, Red Tree, Poinciana regia


One of the most spectacular of tropical trees, Delonix regia (Flamboyant) is a tree with a broad-spreading, umbrella-like canopy of lacy, feathery green leaves cut into many small leaflets. Evergreen, except in climates that have a dry season or mildly cool winter, it is noted for its magnificent floral display. In late spring to early summer, it is covered with a profusion of brilliant scarlet orange flowers, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), adorned with yellow or white markings. Borne in large clusters near the tips of the branches, the blossoms give way to flattened, mahogany bean-like seedpods, 24 in. long (60 cm), that hang on the branches. These pods split open when fully mature to release their numerous (20-40) seeds. Fast-growing, Flamboyant makes a nice lawn, shade, or street tree.

  • Grows up to 30-40 ft. tall (9-12 m) and 40-70 ft. wide (12-21 m).
  • Easily grown in medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Best with consistent moisture except during the dry/dormant season when watering should be reduced. Good drought tolerance once established.
  • Great as a specimen plant in Mediterranean gardens. Flamboyant has an invasive root system that can cause damage to footpaths, brickwork and masonry in urban areas.
  • Virtually disease free and pest free.
  • Propagate by tip cuttings or seed.
  • Native to Madagascar.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Climate Zones 22, 23, H2
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Spread 40' – 70' (12m – 21m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Climate Zones 22, 23, H2
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Spread 40' – 70' (12m – 21m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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