What Is a Gulmohar Tree?

A Gulmohar tree, also known as Delonix regia, is a flowering tree native to Madagascar. It grows approximately 30 to 50 feet high. Its branches create a very wide umbrella shape.

The tree has become rare in the wild and is often raised in parks and estates and along streets in tropical locations. It is grown for the excellent shade it provides. In the Caribbean, the seed pods are burned for fuel. During the spring and summer, the tree has bright red flowers that are 4 to 5 inches in diameter. This has earned the tree the Spanish nickname "Arbol de Fuego" or "Tree of Fire."