University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia)

Royal poinciana is 30 to 40 feet tall, but its elegant wide-spreading, umbrella-like canopy can be wider than its height. In Florida it is a semi-evergreen tree. The alternate, bipinnately-compound leaves have a feathery appearance and are one to three feet long. The flowers have four scarlet or orange-red petals about three inches long; one upright slightly larger petal is marked with yellow and white. Fruits are dark brown pods to two feet long and two inches wide.