It’s around November that Brisbane turns a bright red/orange with the flowering of thousands of Poinciana trees across the city.
These trees are from Madagascar and Brisbanites know the flowers mark the start of the summer heat and hopefully some rain storms to cool us all down. They do take a long time to mature enough to flower, sometimes a decade. We have one on our footpath that’s a bit over ten years old and it finally flowered last year.
Children love the dried, dark brown seed pods from Poincianas because they make a wonderful rattling sound when you shake them.