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

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Tipuana Tipu

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/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.”

https://southparksdblogger.com/2020/01/28/south-park-sd-the-trees-of-fern-street/

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Gold Medallion

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cassia-leptophylla

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.

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Beestill

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cascabela-thevetia

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

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

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Mexican Palo Verde

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/parkinsonia-aculeata

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

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

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Markhamia

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/markhamia-lutea

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.

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Seen enough yellow flowers yet?

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SURPRISE! The Lily Pond is in Bloom.

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Australian Willow

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/geijera-parviflora

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

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

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Crepe Myrtle

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/lagerstroemia-indica

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.

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Cockspur Coral

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/erythrina-crista-galli

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

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

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Jacaranda

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/jacaranda-mimosifolia

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.

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Guess Who?

Details in next month’s Balboa Park in Bloom!

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Magnolia

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/magnolia-grandiflora

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.

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Sweetshade

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/hymenosporum-flavum

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

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

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Australian Flame Tree

https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/brachychiton-acerifolius

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

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

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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!

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See prior months’ Balboa Park in Bloom posts here!

https://southparksdblogger.com/2020/05/23/balboa-park-in-bloom-may-2020/

https://southparksdblogger.com/2020/04/26/balboa-park-in-bloom-april-2020/

https://southparksdblogger.com/2020/03/28/balboa-park-in-bloom-march-2020/

https://southparksdblogger.com/2020/02/22/balboa-park-in-bloom-february-2020/

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References

1. https://selectree.calpoly.edu/

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

2 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.

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