From a distance the feathery leaves and pod shaped fruit of the Yellow Poinciana do resemble the Royal Poinciana but the two trees are not closely related. The Yellow Poinciana is a showy, flowering tree native to Brazil. These trees bloom from May through September with large terminally located clusters of bright yellow, fragrant flowers. These trees are also known as Copperpod refering to the reddish-brown color of the seed pods.
These trees are best planted in full sun on well-drained soil. The seed pods can cause a good deal of litter on the ground around the tree and be a nuisance if planted too close to roads, sidewalks or driveways.
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