When 1 December comes around, its time to get out the boxes and decorations and put up the celebratory Christmas tree. What if you could a Chrsitmas tree without the effort of assembling it and having to put it down after Christmas ends?
Thanks to mother nature and Brisbane's climate and public and private green spaces, it can be done. While enjoying your time in the outdoors keep an eye out for the giant, mature Poinciana trees which are a feature of the River City and scattered unpredictably across the city. December marks this trees flowering season when big, bold and hard to ignore Poinciana trees are at their best. These spectacular trees are a common and glorious feature of parks, backyards and green spaces across Brisbane.
How will I know a Poinciana tree when I see one? The dominant feature of the Poinciana are the vibrant, scarlett flowers which light up the tree. With a thick, sturdy trunk, they are a favourite climbing tree for active and adventurous kids.
Before flowering, they produce a brown, narrow seed pod which has been described as looking like a long, strong bean and make a rhythmic, rattling sound when you shake them.
Did you know? Despite their abundance in Brisbane, Poincianas are actually native to Madagascar but has been introduced into tropical and sub-tropical regions worldwide. They are known as Christmas trees in Vanuatu and a symbol of Christmas in Australia. They also are a sign that storm season is looming.
Tree with a river view. Poincianas line the Brisbane Riverwalk
Where can I find Poinciana Trees in Brisbane? These grand trees were traditionally planted as a street tree and now enhance a lot of the city's older suburbs. Some of the best public places to find Poincianas in Brisbane are New Farm Park, the Powerhouse Park and the Brisbane Riverwalk in the same suburb. Look out for some curbside trees which are decorated with Christmas baubles by festive families. 8195;
Hi Gillian, I actually think that the Redlands are the best place to see Poinciana trees especially Cleveland and Ormiston. Loved your informative article on those grand trees, regards, Ineke Mastenbroek