You may have seen images of the red flamboyant, but what if I told you that there is a tree that looks a lot like it but produces yellow flowers? It is so similar, in fact, it is known as fiery yellow. And yes, they belong to the same botanical family, but they are not native to the same place.
Our protagonist is a tree that can become very tall if the climate is warm all year round and there is no lack of water. Also, it provides plenty of shade, so it is interesting to plant it in a garden.
Origin and characteristics of flamboyant yellow
It is a deciduous tree native to tropical Southeast Asia and Australia whose scientific name is Peltophorum pterocarp. It reaches a maximum height of 25 meters, with a trunk up to 1 meter in diameter and a crown 4-6 meters wide.. Its leaves are bipinnate, reaching between 30 and 50 centimeters long, and are composed of 20 to 40 leaflets or pinnae 1 to 2 centimeters long.
Its flowers are yellow and are grouped in clusters about 20 centimeters long.. The fruits are legumes about 10 centimeters long by 2 centimeters wide, which are first red then black. Each of them contains about four seeds.
What uses does it have?
The yellow flamboyant is a very beautiful tree, which provides plenty of shade and that in addition, it does not require much care when it is hot. For this reason it is used as an ornamental plant, either as an isolated specimen planted near other trees, like the true flamboyant.
Besides, can be worked in bonsai, because it tolerates pruning. But yes, it is possible that, as is the case for the royal delonixit is difficult for him to flourish.
Another use for this is as feedthat is, as food for animals such as cattle.
How to take care of flamboyant yellow?
It is a fast-growing tree that can bring us great joy when the climatic conditions are favorable; however, it is difficult to grow when grown in an area with cold winters. So, before talking about how to take care of it, let’s see what it needs to grow well and comfortably:
- heat all year round: Temperatures should be maintained between 15ºC and 35ºC.
- Sun: This is a must. Will not grow in shade.
- Water: from time to time, because it is not resistant to drought.
- Fertile land: rich in nutrients and with good drainage, so you won’t have any problems.
And now yes, let’s see what care we have to give him:
It is a tree that must be in a sunny place, but also, and given its size, it should be planted as early as possible in the ground and at a minimum distance of 4 meters from walls and trees they are big too.
As it is very sensitive to cold, if you have it in an area where there is frost, we advise you to grow it in a pot so that you have the possibility of bringing it indoors when the weather turns cold. Of course, when the time comes, place it in a room with lots of natural light and keep it away from drafts.
soil or substrate
The yellow flamboyant is a tree that should be planted in fertile, well-drained soils. If it is going to be in a pot, it will be planted in a pot that has holes in its base with a universal growing medium like this.
It is a tree that must be watered from time to time, which prevents the soil from remaining dry for a long time. Indeed, it is not uncommon for it to be planted near ponds, as it also requires high ambient humidity so that its leaves do not become dehydrated.
For this reason, if we live in an area where it does not rain much, we will need to water about 4 times a week during the summersince this is the time when the earth takes the least time to dry, and once a week the rest of the year.
It is strongly recommended to pay the flamboyant yellow during its growth, that is to say as long as the temperatures remain high. For this, organic fertilizers will be used, such as manure or guano which you can buy here. Now, if it’s in a pot, you must use fertilizers or liquid fertilizers following the instructions on the package.
Do you want to have new copies? Next its seeds must be sown, either in spring (preferably) or in summer. The steps to follow are:
- Fill a glass with a little water.
- Now put the glass in the microwave for a few seconds, until the water is very hot. It shouldn’t boil, but it should be a little uncomfortable for us to hold the glass after removing it from the device.
- The next step is to put the seeds in a small colander and place it in the water for 1 second.
- Then we put the seeds in another glass filled with water at room temperature, and leave them there for 24 hours.
- After this time, we will plant them in pots or containers and forest nurseries with nursery soil (on sale here), putting a maximum of two units in each container or cell.
- Finally, we will place the seedbed outside in a sunny location.
If all goes well, we will see that they will germinate in 1 to 2 months. But it is important that it is watered from time to time so that they do not dry out.
You can prune it if necessary after flowering. Remove dry and broken branches, and do not hesitate to prune those that have grown more than necessary.
He is very sensitive to coldso much so that it should not be grown in places where temperatures drop below zero degrees.
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