Poinciana

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  1. Firecracker color!

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    • There are many poincianas on the island, and they range from red to orange (there is a rare yellow form too).

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  2. oh, this red, this fiery red!!!

    are you trying to cure me of my current longing for white? 🙂

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    • There are no cures for your ailments. Thank goodness.

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  3. The flamboyant flame tree that is native to Madagascar, Prospero you are so fortunate to live where you can grow these magnificient plants of all kinds. This is a tree that is resplendent in its flowering glory.

    Of course- I do not want to pretend that I knew about your tree. I went to Sir Google to find all the info about this abolutely fascinating tree. It is hardy in zones 10-12 here in the states and sadly I am in zone 7 or 8. Did you plant your tree or are there many growing on the island? A very nice photograph..

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    • Yvonne, I grew this tree from a tiny sapling purchased at a local nursery. Most of my plants are seed grown, but this one was not. I do have a yellow flowering variety, which I started from seed, but it’s still in a pot.

      The poinciana, or flame of the forest, or Delonix regia (for the botanically minded) is a legume. It produces seeds in two foot long ‘bean’ pods. The seeds need to be scarified (i.e. file down the hard outer seed coat with a file or sandpaper, then soak in warm water for a day. Plant in warm conditions).

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      • Thanks for the reply. I thought perhaps the tree is your own. If I thought that I could grow the tree it would probably need to be grown in a very large container and moved to a sheltered spot to protect from a hard freeze. But I doubt that the tree would thrive if left in a pot for too long. And it certainly would not get very large with a stunted root system.

        I’ll just daydream about it. The tree is so beautiful.

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      • I jusr saw your reply to someone re:a miniature version of this one. I will investigagte to see if I actually could find a potted one at the nursery.

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  4. Yeah! Yeah! This is red. The strongest effect of it. A wonderful flower as well as the snap.

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    • You must have these trees where you live. Is that right?

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  5. Woah! What a beauty. I googled this and found out these flowers are on a pretty big tree! Like it’s on fire almost. I’d love to have all my senses be absorbed by this…

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  6. Hello Stickup–nice to hear from you; i was getting a little worried! i hope things are okay with you.

    Yes, it is a big tree (45 feet tall and very wide too). But, there is a relative in the legume family called Caesalpinia pulcherrima that is a miniature version of the poinciana. In fact it can be grown indoors in a pot, and the flowers are very similar.

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  7. I wish those trees grew here…

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    • Highly impractical, I know, but you could try moving to Madagascar.

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