Your Tree for Big Blooms in Winter
In yards throughout Phoenix and other areas in the Southwest, the vivid blue winter sky is punctuated by a tree covered with 2-foot long flowering stalks that look like curving yellow candles. This is the winter bloom of cascalote (Caesalpinia cacalaco). Up close, the pyramidal stalk is made up of dozens of half-inch, bright sulphur-yellow flowers with dark, orange spots on the lower petals. The fruit is almost as attractive: reddish 4-inch-long seed pods hang from the branches, looking like strings of red pearls.