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Delonix regia (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)
Delonix regia (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)

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Zones 22, 23, 25, H2
Full Sun
Full
Minimal Water
Minimal

Delonix regia

Royal Poinciana, Flamboyant Tree
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Trees

This native of Madagascar, which Hawaiians call ohai’ula, is as flamboyant as it is shapely. Its large trusses of 4-in., orange to scarlet flowers with white or yellow markings put on a spectacular display in late spring or early summer. The blooms are followed by 2-ft.-long black seedpods that hang on the bare winter branches.

Rapidly attains 30–40 ft. tall and as wide, with an umbrella-shaped silhouette. Fernlike leaves, finely cut into many tiny leaflets, give filtered shade. Good drought tolerance; moderate tolerance to wind and salt. A form with pure yellow flowers, called yellow royal poinciana, is also grown in Hawaii.

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