As the first storms of summer strip the final straggling blooms from the jacarandas, as if on cue, and just in time for Christmas, Brisbane bursts out in brilliant red, a stunning combination of poincianas and flame trees.
The late and much loved gardening guru Colin Campbell said that, if asked to name a single tree that’s helped shape the character of Brisbane, it would be the poinciana, Delonix regia. Apparently in years gone, it was traditionally planted as a street tree by the wise founders of Brisbane and now enhances the streets of many of our older suburbs.
The poinciana is native to Madagascar. In Brisbane the appearance of the poinciana’s bright red blooms heralds the start of the hot summer months and the storm season.
Heralding the start of the storm season…
The Illawarra Flame Tree, Brachychiton acerifolius, is native to subtropical regions on the east coast of Australia and is renowned for its vibrant show of crimson flowers. It makes a brilliant floral contribution to the Christmas table.