Thursday, October 25, 2007
Florida might be too hot and not have enough hard wood trees for great fall colors like in other parts of the country, but we do have some.
My favorite tree that grows down here is the rain tree.
This is a baby rain tree that I came across and photographed. They bloom and produce seed pods in the fall every year, but don't lose their leaves.
The yellow blossoms are abundant and the reddish-brown thingamajigs are seed pods that fall and hopefully produce more trees.
This little sapling was really going to town with the blossoms and the seed pods as you can see.
I took some pictures of bigger rain trees last year and posted them on my other blog.
Go here if you want to see larger rain trees in all their fall color glory.
Update: A rain tree is called a rain tree because, in the sun, the leaves stay open, but at night or on heavily overcast days, the leaves close up.
Consequently, when it's overcast and rainy, the leaves are closed and rain goes right through the tree to the ground, as opposed to other thickly canopied trees that tend to block most of the rain.