Royal Poincianas blooming in Coral Gables

Greetings Patient Readers!

Today I want to tell you about one of my favorite things about Coral Gables, and Miami in general…the blooming of the Royal Poincianas.  Every year around the end of Spring these gorgeous flowering trees pop their bright orange flowers and turn an ordinarily plain and unassuming tree into a fiery explosion of color and gorgeous flowers.

The trees are not originally native to Coral Gables, or even to America for that matter, as they were introduced to the Americas by Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy (de what?) who was a French nobleman that brought them over from Madagascar in the 1600’s.  Thanks to Mr. De De De, and the tree’s natural beauty, these trees spread throughout the country.  They have taken up a substantial residence in South Florida as our tropical climate is just right for their liking.

If you drive around South Florida this time of year you cannot miss them, but Coral Gables has some of the most beautiful specimen, see if you agree…

Up close the flowers are spectacular

Full view of the tree

Closer…

And even closer

Ready for her close up

Work it you sexy tree!

Ok I promise this is the last close up!

Some of the buds are still waiting to pop

The Coral Gables Blog patent pending “Through the Trees” shot

Some of them are aggressive and attack others!

Well I hope you enjoyed our tour of The Royal Poinciana now bow down and pay homage to your tree king, lest you be attacked by an aggressive one!

Thanks for reading!

Joshua T. Reich

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Published in: on June 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm  Comments (1)  
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Sweet Ficus Trees

Hello Well-Read Reader,

One of my favorite things about Coral Gables is the abundance of very nice, very big and very old Ficus Trees.  Yes I know that is strange.  After a recent home inspection for a client went particularly well I found myself driving up Columbus Blvd in a great mood and I decided to stop and take some pictures of the Salvadore Park and Tennis Center.  But as a nice added bonus I noticed that, like many streets in Coral Gables, this one was lined with some very impressive Ficus Trees.  As a young lad growing up in Miami I remember climbing the Ficus trees to heights that would have given my mother a heart attack if she had seen me, they were like the mountains for us flatlanders…I heard that is what they call us…among other things.

But I digress, today I present to you some of the most stately and impressive Ficus Trees that I have seen in The Gables, as I snapped away wasting imaginary film I came across one that was my favorite and will be the grand finale of the arborworks below, enjoy!  PS Hey you kids!  Get out of that tree!

Ficus to the South

Ficus to the North

Two Big Ficus

What a beast!

In the immortal words of Biff from Back to the Future: Make like a tree and leave!

Best regards,

Joshua T. Reich

Published in: on January 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm  Comments (4)  
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