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.

A street in Coconut Grove, Miami
Peacocks moving freely in Coconut Grove
Urban sub-tropical jungle
Granada Golf Course, Coral Gables
Granada Golf Course, with Pink Shower, or Cassia Javanica Tree, also called an Apple Blossom Tree
The Golden Shower Tree blooms in late May and early June, and is often seen together with the Royal Poinciana
My acrylic on wood panel painting of the Royal Poinciana with St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Miami

4 thoughts on “Poinciana Time in Miami

  1. This makes me homesick for Miami and the Gables, Vann. We had three gorgeous deep red/orange ones at the home I grew up in.
    They make my heart sing!
    Lee Ann

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