Summer Blooms of Royal Poinciana

Native to Madagascar, tropical royal poinciana trees are known for their showy flowers. The botanical name is derived from the Greek words delos (meaning conspicuous) and onyx (meaning claw), referring to their appearance. With four spoon-shaped petals about 3 inches long, and one slightly larger petal (called the standard), they resemble orchids, and range in color from deep red to bright orange. These lovely flowers first appear in clusters between May and July, and can stay on the tree for a month or more.  This tree prefers frost-free areas, generally USDA hardiness zones 9b–11.


June is a great month in Florida for striking landscapes with vibrant orange flowering trees, the Royal Poinciana.






No matter the weather the trees stand out.





It’s just a time to enjoy the sight.













Let's have fun this summer!





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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

23 thoughts to “Summer Blooms of Royal Poinciana”

  1. Carol – it’s like a willow that put on a red coat. Smashing! The draping shape is spectacular, especially next to the water. Love the reflection shots! Thanks for bringing this beauty to Mosaic Monday!

    1. they are further south than your location – mostly in zone 10, a few in zone 9B – lots of them down in S Florida and Key West

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