The Flame Trees of Saint Luca
Every summer, between May and September, the Saint Lucia landscape becomes a riot of red, orange and yellow . . . the flamboyant trees are in full bloom!
Royal poinciana is a flamboyant tree in flower — some say the world's most colourful tree. For several weeks in spring and summer it is covered with exuberant clusters of flame-red flowers, four to five inches across. Even up close, the individual flowers are striking, with four spoonshaped scarlet or orange-red petals and one upright slightly larger petal (called the standard) which is marked with yellow and white. Even the leaves are elegant, lacy and fernlike.
The red variety is by far the most common across the Caribbean, but the yellow and orange varieties can also be found across the islands. When different coloured flamboyant trees are planted close together, the effect is spectacular.
So if you are on vacation in Caribbean during the summer months look out for these magnificent trees and their blazing vivid blooms!