By M. W. Byrne
Most famously found in the Cambodian ruins of Ta Prohm, Silk Cotton Trees don’t dazzle with their branches, but rather with their huge, twisting root structures made up of long, wavy, narrow planks that cut into the earth forming flanged walls at the base.
The American Elm is largely what has made Central Park in New York City so famous. Each year the Elms switch from lush green to a dazzling array of yellows and reds.
What is known is they are almost all gorgeous and relatively small, making them better for petite gardens where their larger cousins would choke the surrounding foliage.
Existing only on the Socotra archipelago in the Indian Ocean that belongs to Yemen, these mushroom-shaped trees carry a hard berry that has given them the moniker Dragonblood trees due to the deep crimson hue of the berry’s juice.
A hot-blooded tree that came from Madagascar but spread to several sub-equatorial countries, the aptly-named Flamboyant Tree will flourish anywhere there’s enough heat and will erupt with volcanic red blossoms every year.
The Blue Jacaranda is often forgotten against such splendor as Japanese Cherry trees, but the more tranquil Jacaranda is better for an understated and thoughtful look that is never ostentatious.