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