Buenos Aires in spring is a feast of color and perfumes. Its quaint neighborhoods and sprawling parks are lined with unique flowering trees. In Botanical Buenos Aires: Five Trees to Look Up To, we tell you the story of some of these varieties, and give you tips on where to walk around with your camera in hand to capture the best tree top shots.
The Ceibo is the national tree and flower of Argentina. Resistant to extreme cold and extreme hot weather, it is considered a symbol of strength and courage.
The myth that accounts for the Ceibo tree tells the story of Anahí, an unsightly indigenous woman with a beautiful voice who used to sing to her tribe about their gods and land. The story goes that after being captured by the conquistadors, she stabbed one of the guards when she was trying to escape and was sentenced to death. On the night of her sentence she was tied to a tree and a fire was lit. As she burned, she began to sing the songs of the land and the following morning, instead of ashes, there was a splendid red Ceibo tree in full bloom.
The best places to find and appreciate this variety of trees are in the Ecological Reserve behind Puerto Madero and along the river coastline on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is known for its lilac jacaranda lined streets in the Recoleta, Palermo and Belgrano neighborhoods. This gorgeous variety was introduced to the city by French-Argentine landscape architect Carlos Hayes, who is also responsible for the Parque Tres de Febrero (Rosedal), which is full of blooming roses in spring, and for the Palermo Botanical Gardens.
Walk around porteño neighborhoods in spring and you’re sure to come across colorful orange fruits and the whiff of sweet blossoms. For a really concentrated experience of this tangy tree, head to San Pedro to La Campiña, a 25 year old orange farm where you can take a tour and stop for lunch after at the farm’s restaurant. More information here
Silk Floss Tree A.K.A Palo Borracho
These amazing trees that produce cotton and vibrant pink flowers are well known for their spiky and blown up tree trunks which have inspired their name in Spanish, Palo Borracho or drunken tree trunk. They are scattered all over the city parks, including Plaza San Martín, the Palermo parks and Recoleta.
These typical local trees that are ever present in gaucho stories are the perfect resting spot for hot sunny days as their immense branches provide abundant shade, and, their magnificent roots perfect sitting spots. There is a beautiful ombú in Recoleta bordering one of the parks on the way up to the cemetery, although this tree can also be found all around the city.