Saturday, June 7, 2008

Showers of Flowers

It's that time of year again when Rainbow Shower trees come into bloom. As best I can tell, they are called shower trees because of the nearly constant rain of falling flower petals (which is why our landscapers hate them - constant cleaning up required). They are a hybrid of the Golden Shower tree (the national flower of Thailand) and of the Pink and White Shower trees. While the Golden Shower tree has poisonous seed pods, the Rainbow Shower tree has none because it is a sterile hybrid.

We have learned to not prune them back until the fall, that way they are packed with blossoms throughout the summer. The tree seen here is the White Rainbow Shower tree which proceeds its more colorful siblings in blooming.

Why write about them? Because they are SPECTACULAR! (and because I've been working all day and can't think of anything else to write)

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