This random — and what I would guess is tropical — tree is planted on the Arizona state capitol lawn. Anyone know what kind of tree this is? The barbed bark and bright flowers are such a contrast to the pine and palms otherwise planted in the same area.
*Come to find out, thanks to Mark and Kamilah, that this tree could be the Chorisia speciosoa, or the Ceiba speciosa (Silk floss tree). Both look like winners to me; either way — I have a feeling this tree (and another clump of them right around the corner) have a story. Could they be from a Phoenix sister city? I’m still on the case…*