This tree has been grown from seed from the Island of tenerife.
THE Flame of the Forest must be one of the most spectacular-looking trees of all, with its wide-spread leaves and riot of orangey-red flowers.
It’s such a shame they come out over here at a certain time of the year only, around the month of June and, maybe, nudging into July. But when they do appear, they’re a delight for sore eyes. and they tend to stick around for a while.
If you keep those eyes peeled, especially down the middle of the dual carriageway at the rear of the Apolo Centre, leading to the main Los Cristianos roundabout, and in the nearby swimming-pool car park, you’ll see what I mean.
And today, without the colour, they are still really attractive But once the flowers have gone, leaving huge seeds pods, the green, velvety leaves eventually start to disappear as well, and the tree can look pretty dismal.
But don’t for one moment think it’s on its way out. Yes, it undergoes a really ugly period every year, but it bursts back into life once the winter has gone.
And come June, it re-emerges as a tree of flame, a riot of flowers covering the entire crown.
In the UK and in Australia in particular, the tree is known as a Royal Poinciana, and it certainly has a regal appearance when in full bloom.
The flowers, which have no scent, are massed along the ends of the leaves, and their brilliance is shown off to perfection by their deep, contrasting colours.
A picture of the fully grown tree for refernce only