One tree, two tree, sausage tree, baobab tree.
As whimsical as the tales of Dr. Seuss himself, the trees at Camana Bay have stories to tell. Botanists, horticulturists, backyard gardeners and curious minds alike can now learn the names and a fun fact about 10 chosen trees and plants throughout Camana Bay, thanks to newly installed signs sprinkled throughout the Town Centre.
More signs are planned to come. Like most Dart Real Estate developments, Camana Bay has been brought to life with unique flora from the Dart Nursery — home to more than 180 unique species of palms and 500 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. With such a vast garden centre, it’s not uncommon for guests of Camana Bay to be unfamiliar with many of the surrounding plants.
Some of the most talked-about trees in Camana Bay are the Kigelia africana trees in the surface parking lot closest to Camana Bay Cinema. They are commonly known as the “sausage tree” since they can bear sausage-shaped fruit that can grow to weigh as much as 30 pounds. They also boast long rope-like stalks that mimic spaghetti noodles ranging from three to 24 inches long. Native to Africa, their flowers bloom only at night and have a beautiful, rich burgundy colour.
Another tree identified with the interpretive signs, Adansonia digitata, looks as though it is upside down with its roots appearing to show on the top. This tree is commonly known as the baobab tree and is sometimes called the upside-down tree.
Other trees identified have flowers that change colour over the course of a day, or trunks that look like champagne bottles, or fruits that resemble a spiky breadfruit. Some trees even have scents that ward off mosquitoes and fragrant seeds that are used in perfumes.