Watch for falling fruit…

Detail of the Cannonball tree bloom

This is one wild looking tree!  The Cannonball tree or Couroupita guianensis is native to South America.  The flowers spring from stems that cover the trunk.

Cannonball tree bloom

The blooms contain no nectar so mainly attract bees, in particular Carpenter for the pollen.  The fruit aka the “cannonball”  often splits when it hits the ground emitting an unpleasant stench but one that does not deter it being eaten by animals.

Cannonball tree

Cannonball tree fruit

2 thoughts on “Watch for falling fruit…

  1. That is a crazy looking tree! Like something you’d see in the flower pavilion of the county fair. What’s the foliage like?

    • The leaves are nondescript in comparison to what the rest of the tree has going on. A semi-gloss green in combination with a apple leaf like shape…

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