|Bob Benaim's Nursery||
Common Name: Royal Poinciana, Flame of the Forest, Framboyan (Flamboyant tree), Peacock flower
Botanical Name: Delonix regia, syn. Poinciana regia
Plant Type: Tree with spreading canopy
Origin: Madagascar, Tropical Africa and India
Zones: 10 - 11
Height: 30' or more
Rate of Growth: Fast
Salt Tolerance: High
Soil Requirements: Well drained, moist, fertile soil
Water Requirements: Water freely, less water in winter
Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly
Light Requirements: Full sun
Form: Large, shady tree with spreading form
Leaves: Bipinnate and comprised of approximately 1,000 small leaflets
Flowers: Red, orange, yellow and a rare white variety. Blooms between May and August.
Fruits: Pendulous, flattened bean-like seed pods to 10" long -- harden in autumn
Pests: Spider mites, whiteflies, thornbugs, crown gall, mushroom rot, wood rot, leaf spots and dieback
Uses: Specimen and shade tree, they do poorly and usually will not bloom in pots.
Bad Habits: Considered
a "dirty" tree because they shed their leaves, flowers and woody seed
are aggressive and can damage sidewalks, septic tanks and other structures if planted too close to them.
Seeds knicked and soaked in warm water over-night. Cuttings allow trees
to begin blooming
in less than 5 years.