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Royal Poinciana deciduous?


not here, david. winter takes its toll, to be sure, just as it does on the jacaranda--some years they get pretty thin--but it would take a severe freeze to make them skeletons, and that would likely kill them as well as defoliate them.

At 02:42 PM 3/6/03 -0800, you wrote:
Hey Jim, isn't the Royal Poinciana deciduous? Or maybe I'm used to seeing them from a northerner perspective.

DF

Island Jim wrote:

not sure about the age, kitty, but it is probably pretty old. and you're right about it being gnarly. it also has substantial buttresses, which are hidden in the picture by the weeds. there are some younger ones across the street from it that are rather straight trunked [without buttresses as yet] that are as tall as it is--about 30 feet i'd guess--but with no where near the spread. and i'd guess the younger ones are probably at least 30 years old.

i know that many, many temperate climate trees bloom before they leaf out, including all of our commercially important fruit trees [except the fig]. the reason that i think it is interesting that the bombax is deciduous is that it's a tree of the sub-tropics, and most trees of the sub-tropics and tropics are evergreen. in fact, the bombax is the only exception that comes to mind, although i'm sure there are others. so i assume it's leaf-dropping characteristic is neither weather nor day-length related, but serves some other purpose of it's reproductive cycle.

definitely a tree form, david, but like many tropical trees that form buttresses as they get massive [a mechanism to keep them anchored in hurricanes and typhoons, i suspect], the older they get the more they begin to look like an enormous shrub.




At 11:27 PM 3/5/03 -0500, you wrote:

JIm,
how old would this one be do you suppose? Looks pretty gnarly, and very
pretty.
Kitty


> [Original Message]
> From: Island Jim <jsinger@igc.org>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 3/5/2003 8:39:12 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] bombax in bloom and the link is here
>
> no scent as far as my old sniffer can tell. if it did, i suppose everyone
> in zone 10 would have one or two in their yards. the blooms don't last
once
> picked, either. the short one plucked a flower yesterday, floated it in a
> bowl of water, and it looks rather sad right now. another thing, i don't
> know how long it will bloom. today, when i took the pictures, buds out
> numbered flowers at least 10 to one. but what i don't know is if flowers
> die off as fast as buds open or if there is peak moment when most of the
> buds are open. but right now, this old tree is one glorious sight.
>
> At 07:30 PM 3/5/03 -0600, you wrote:
> >NO Zem, thank Island Jim for sharing that beauty with us...
> >
> >So Jim, do the blooms have a scent? I have never seen anything like that
> >before, not surprising since I am here in zone 5!. Do they all bloom so
> >massively? So does this mean spring is officially down in your end of
> >the country?
> >
> >Donna
> >
> >
> > >
> > > Wow, that is an awesome tree!  Thank you, Donna, for posting the
> >pictures.
> > > zem
> >
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