The Poinciana, Delonix Regia is a common tree found in Brisbane. Originating from Madagascar, you will now see this tree throughout the tropics of Australia. For quite some time Brisbane City Council planted the Poinciana as a street tree. Many of Brisbane's older suburbs have significant examples of this magnificent tree.
Commonly they will grow between 3-5 metres but can reach up to 10 metres, so we don't recommend planting in a restricted environment. A primary characteristic of the tree is the bright orange/red flowers which bloom over the summer months. They also have bean-like seed pods which can grow up to over a foot in length. These seedpods are on the tree for most of the year. The Poinciana is a tree which is continuously dropping seed pods, fine leaves or flowers. The leaves are so fine they can even get through most gutter guard. They are a feature tree, but ideally, shouldn't be planted too close to houses as they can clog up gutters/ driveways. You wouldn't want this tree planted too close to your pool either unless you want to be scooping tree debris regularly from your pool.
The Poinciana is a semi-hardwood stump with buttress roots. They are a surface rooting tree (similar to the fig tree in how the roots sit on the surface) which requires extra care when grinding as we want to ensure you aren't left with any surface roots.
Above you can see examples of the Poinciana Tree (Delonix Regia) leaves and seedpods.