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Flamboyant tree of Reunion Island

a celebratory tree

The origins of the Flamboyant tree of Reunion Island

The history of the flamboyant tree didn’t begin on Reunion Island, but on the island of… Madagascar! Also known as the “Delonix regia”, this spectacular tree is a sign of the end-of-year celebrations on Reunion Island, and belongs to the Caesalpinioideae family. The beautiful leaves of this tree bring so much colour to the whole island, on the side of the roads, in gardens or at the seaside!
When the flamboyant tree is in bloom, it is a sign of the austral summer, and also marks the beginning of the season for lychees and mangoes  that can be found at family Christmas gatherings on Reunion Island.

Did you know ?

The name of the flamboyant tree comes from the bright colour of its flowers.

The spectacular foliage

From the beginning of December, the flamboyant tree adorns a red colour, to really end the year in style. This iconic tree of Reunion Island can reach a height of 10 metres, and is a sign of joy and celebration!

Our 3 favourite gardens for observing

Flamboyant trees

How do I grow a flamboyant tree in my garden ?

Have a hot and dry climate if temperatures drop under 10 degrees in the winter season, it would be preferable to plant your tree in a plant pot, to be able to bring your tree indoors.

Water generously during the dry season! In the winter however, it is preferable to keep the tree dry.

Be patient because flamboyant trees only bloom after 10 years. And to be in with a chance of seeing its beautiful flowers, a tropical climate is compulsory.

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