Plant profile: Delonix regia

The flame tree is a colourful garden addition that flourishes in hot climates.

Delonix regia aka the flame tree. Kathleen Konicek-Moran for The National
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The Delonix regia, or flame tree, is an easy option if you’re looking to add a splash of colour to your garden. Sprouting fiery red, orange or yellow flowers, the flame tree, native to Madagascar, is typically found in tropical or near-tropical climates, including the Caribbean, Hong Kong and the United States. The Delonix can grow in open, free-draining sandy or loamy soil enriched with organic matter (avoid heavy or clay soils). The tree itself can reach a height of 12 metres, but spreads widely, growing dense foliage, making it highly useful for providing shade in warmer climates. The Delonix will lose most of its foliage at the end of each winter, before flowering. Although the Delonix has become rare in its native habitat, it is popular in the UAE. Propagation is best carried out from seeds that have been scarified and soaked in hot water before planting.