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BECKY
04-06-2005, 08:38 PM
I LIVE IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA AND AM CURIOUS IF THE FLAMBOYAN TREE THAT GROWS IN THE CARRIBEAN ALSO CALLED THE ROYAL POINCIANA BY SOME WILL GROW IN THE TAMPA AREA? ALSO WONDERING IF INDEED THIS IS POSSIBLE IF ANYONE KNOWS OF A NURSERY LOCALLY THAT CARRIES THIS TREE? I WOULD APPRECIATE HELP IF ANYONE CAN AIDE ME IN MY QUEST.

Red Maple
04-26-2005, 08:16 PM
Here is some background on the tree from Dr. Edward F. Gilman and Dr. Dennis G. Watson of the University of Florida:

Royal Poinciana - Delonix regia

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/DELREGA.pdf

Here is an excerpt of their description of this tree.

"This many-branched, broad, spreading, flatcrowned
deciduous tree is well-known for its brilliant
display of red-orange bloom, literally covering the tree
tops from May to July. There is nothing like
a Royal Poinciana (or better yet, a group of them) in
full bloom. The fine, soft, delicate leaflets afford
dappled shade during the remainder of the growing
season, making Royal Poinciana a favorite shade tree
or freestanding specimens in large, open lawns."

You should contact the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida - or your local County Cooperative Extension Service to learn more about this tree. The Royal poinciana is native to Madagascar.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-366-5731
email: contactus@selby.org

http://www.selby.org

Watch out when you site this tree. I've noticed a few comments that the roots of the royal poinciana can be fairly aggressive. Take this information into consideration when you are selecting the location for this tree on your property.