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Santa Barbara Flowering Trees

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because Lucy is here from San Diego. We were busy working away to get our book done, taking pictures and shooting videos. Now we’re ready to talk about flowering trees!

When I moved to Santa Barbara from San Francisco I was amazed at how many trees flower here and at most times of the year.  The ones that you’ll see here are by no means all of them – just ones that I have pictures of that are good or that I like. Plus, Santa Barbara is home to one of the largest known fig trees in the world.

flowering trees in Southern California

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana  or King Palm (yes, palms do flower!)

flowering trees in Southern California

 Bauhinia x blakeana or Hong Kong Orchid Tree

flowering trees in Southern California

 Cassia leptophylla or Gold Medallion Tree

flowering trees in Southern California

Albizia julibrissin or Mimosa

flowering trees in Southern California

Magnolia grandiflora or Southern Magnolia

flowering trees in Southern California

 Spathodea campanulata or African Tulip Tree

flowering trees in Southern California

Stenocarpus sinuatus or Firewheel Tree

flowering trees in Southern California

Jacaranda mimosifolia or Jacaranda

flowering trees in Southern California

Erythrina coralloides or Naked Coral Tree

flowering trees in Southern California

Eucalyptus ficifolia or Red Flowering Gum

flowering trees in Southern California

Pyrus kawakamii or Evergreen Pear

The flora provides lots of color around here, that’s for sure.   When the Jacarandas are shedding their flowers in June or July, we all sing the song “Purple Rain”.  They make a mess but it’s a pretty mess at least!

Next up for Flower Friday: Orange Flowers

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2 comments:

  1. Hi…I’m wondering if you can tell me what the huge trees with the yellow flowers are on Via Diego? Thank you.

  2. Hi Christy – I don’t live in Santa Barbara anymore but they could be Gold Medallion Trees. Nell

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