From WAY Over There-
|An impressive yellow Royal Poinciana|
|Yellow D. regia|
This tree grows naturally to grand dimensions, but can be grown in a fairly compact area if it gets trimmed back every few years. It will easily get to 40 feet across and equally tall if allowed to. I have some majestic specimens close to 90 feet across and 60 feet tall. Like many Legume-family flowering trees, it likes a lot of sunshine and good soil drainage, with virtually no water or fertilizer in the dry months. Some of the best-flowered trees are in communities or parks with no irrigation or fertilizer at all, just our native wet-dry climate. The trees look scruffy and misshapen, but when they flower they are covered with a blanket of gorgeous flowers. These trees need a seasonal dry period to initiate flowering, and our South Florida climate is nearly perfect for their needs.