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.
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