This wonderful Ceiba speciosa is stopping traffic.
It's at the corner of San Remo Avenue and Yumuri Street in Coral Gables. As I was taking this photo, another woman stopped to do the same, and a third walked by to say she took a picture Sunday and sent it to friends in Seattle "to show them why I return to Miami every year."
|A floss silk or Ceiba speciosa that has many admirers.|
The color is spectacular, but so is the shape. This year, the tree started opening blooms on the west side of its canopy, and I worried that those flowers would fall before the rest of the buds opened. Obviously that didn't happen.
The tree is from South America -- Brazil and Argentina. The species has found a spot in the heart of Coral Gables city administrators. It is appearing in several of the round-abouts that have replaced four-way stops.
Fairchild's tree is quite a bit larger, so watch for more pink. Nice of the trees to open during Breast Cancer Awareness Month when we're all wearing pink.