Balboa Park in Bloom: June, 2020

Take a break from Netflix and enjoy a look at Balboa Park’s flowering trees. You’ll learn a few fun facts about each and get a couple surprises along the way.

The Balboa Park trees in bloom, June 2020 are:

  • Tipuana Tipu
  • Gold Medallion
  • Beestill
  • Mexican Palo Verde
  • Markhamia
  • Australian Willow
  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Cockspur Coral
  • Jacaranda
  • Magnolia
  • Sweetshade
  • Australian Flame Tree


Tipuana Tipu

Location(s) in Balboa Park: EVERYWHERE, but especially in South Park. Huge specimen south of Juniper and 6th.

  • Native of Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina.
  • Partly Deciduous (leafless)
  • Aliases: Tipu Tree; Rosewood; Pride of Bolivia

I’m partial to these trees because they make the little village of South Park (San Diego, not the cartoon) so quaint. Don’t believe a tree can make that kind of difference? Check out my post: “The Trees of Fern Street.”


Gold Medallion

Location(s) in Balboa Park: Morley Field Parking Lot; Lawn Bowling Greens.

  • Native of Brazil
  • Partly Deciduous (leafless)
  • This is a common street tree around San Diego.



Location(s) in Balboa Park: Lawn Bowling Greens; Prado Restaurant lawn.

  • Native of Mexico and Central America.
  • Evergreen.
  • Aliases: Yellow Oleander; Lucky Nut.


Mexican Palo Verde

Location(s) in Balboa Park: Desert Garden; Balboa Park Club.

  • Native of Southwestern United States and Mexico.
  • Deciduous (leafless)
  • Aliases: Jerusalem Thorn.



Location(s) in Balboa Park: Museum of Natural History; Former Hall of Champions.

  • Native of Tropical Africa.
  • Evergreen.
  • Aliases: Gold Markhamia; Yellow Bell Bean Tree.


Seen enough yellow flowers yet?


SURPRISE! The Lily Pond is in Bloom.


Australian Willow

Location(s) in Balboa Park: President’s Way.

  • Native of Australia.
  • Evergreen.
  • Aliases: Wilga.


Crepe Myrtle

Location(s) in Balboa Park: Plaza de Panama; Old Globe.

  • Native of China.
  • Deciduous (leafless)
  • Aliases: Crape Myrtle; Pride of India; Queen of Flowers.
  • Varieties: Glendora White, Near East, Seminole and Watermelon Red.


Cockspur Coral

Location(s) in Balboa Park: Model Railroad Museum parking lot.

  • Native of South America.
  • Partly Deciduous (leafless).
  • Aliases: Crybaby Tree; Fireman’s Cap Tree.



Location(s) in Balboa Park: EVERYWHERE. Also El Prado just east of 6th Avenue.

  • Native of Brazil.
  • Partly Deciduous (leafless).
  • Aliases: Blue Trumpet Tree; Blue Jacaranda; Mimosa; Fern Tree; Black Poui; Blue Jacaranda; Blue Trumpet Tree.


Guess Who?

Details in next month’s Balboa Park in Bloom!



Location(s) in Balboa Park: West of Balboa Drive from Quince to Grape Streets; Morley Field; Palm Canyon.

  • Native of Southeastern United States.
  • Evergreen.
  • Aliases: Southern Magnolia; Bull Bay.



Location(s) in Balboa Park: Marston Point; Redwood Circle.

  • Native of Australia
  • Evergreen.
  • No known aliases.


Australian Flame Tree

Location(s) in Balboa Park: Carousel parking lot.

  • Native of Australia.
  • Partly deciduous.
  • Aliases: Flame Bottle Tree; Flame Tree; Illawarra Flame Tree.


Fascinating and funky trees from around the world have been a constant in Balboa Park ever since 1892, when Kate Sessions leased some space there for her nursery business. They provide an ever-changing display of color and form on a scale you won’t find anywhere else.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!


See prior months’ Balboa Park in Bloom posts here!




2. Kathy Puplava and Paul Sirois, Trees and Gardens of Balboa Park, (San Diego, CA: Tecolote Publications, 2001).

10 thoughts on “Balboa Park in Bloom: June, 2020

  1. There are so many colors, and because it does not last all year it is appreciated more at the time of blooming. Thanks for collecting all these pictures, it’s a pleasure to look at them.


  2. Hi Jim: Enjoying your blogs very much since we’ve been housebound. Best to you and Rebecca. We’re fine and I hope you are too. Nana

    On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 1:35 PM South Park SD Blogger wrote:

    > South Park SD Blogger posted: ” Take a break from Netflix and enjoy a look > at Balboa Park’s flowering trees. You’ll learn a few fun facts about each > and get a couple surprises along the way. The Balboa Park trees in bloom, > June 2020 are: Tipuana TipuGold MedallionBeestillMexican ” >


    1. Hi Nana: Thank you so much. Very nice of you to write. Glad to know you and Debbie are well. We are, too. Jim


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