The days of enjoying the Flamboyant tree, aka the Royal Poinciana, are numbered again this year. The brilliant red bursts on the hillsides are have started fading away, and once gone, won’t return until next Spring.
These are trees that tell you that you really are in the tropics. The Flamboyant is native to Madagascar, but you can imagine early explorers taking them and planting them wherever they found the latest Shangri-La. They now can be found from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, to the Virgin Islands, to Hawaii. They grow as far north as South Florida and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
One of the prettiest Flamboyant trees on St. John is this one, at Caneel Bay. Click play for an up close look.