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Flame of The Forest
Characteristics: Tree 10 m spread 6 m
Seed per packet: 5
An attractive tree with fine feathery foliage and a profusion of brilliant red or orange flowers that occur in clusters which cover the tree in late spring.
Flowers are followed by large dark brown pods up to 30cm long containing the seed.
An extremely hardy attractive tree for warm climates.
Native to Madegaser.
Adaptable to most soils with good drainage and warm conditions. Tolerates poor soils, drought and frost resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 20-24°C for this species.
Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many species are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.