August is a blooming treat with flowering trees

Hybrid Rainbow Shower trees are among the most popular for home gardens, street and park landscapes. They flower over a long period and do not make messy seed pods. (Courtesy Photo/West Hawaii Today)

Summer is a great time to enjoy Hawaii’s flowering trees like the royal poinciana, tabebuia species, cassia shower trees, narra and many more. Speaking of narra, this beautiful yellow flowering tree from tropical Asia is rare but should be planted more. There is a beautiful specimen at Hale Anuhea in South Kona and another in the Lanihau shopping center by the old Bank of Hawaii site. The royal poinciana, Delonix regia, usually has flowers of crimson red to burnt orange. A rare form with yellow flowers is also available at some nurseries.