Poinciana Time in Miami
Native to Southeast Asia, the Royal Poinciana Tree found its way to the Caribbean, and eventually to Southern Florida. Known also as the Flamboyant Tree, the Poinciana has a deep root system, making it perfect to survive hurricanes and drought. In winter, it loses its delicate leaves, allowing sunlight to filter down to grasses and shrubs below. and in May through August, the leaves return, and magnificent blossoms cover the entire canopy. The most common color is a brilliant red/orange, with white streaking on the inner petals, but less common are the orange/yellow flowers, and the rare yellow variety. The trunks and limbs are smooth, and the canopy can be up to seventy feet across.