Botanical Garden Tour

Explore the lush tropical foliage of Royal Lahaina Resort.

1. Singapore Plumeria Tree

Fast-growing, Plumeria obtusa (Singapore Plumeria) is a small rounded tree boasting sweetly fragrant white flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), adorned with yellow throats and rounded petals that often are recurved at the tips. Blooming from spring to fall, the blossoms are borne in bouquet-like clusters at the branch tips.

2. Royal Poinciana Trees

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae native to Madagascar. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of orange-red flowers over summer.

10. Hawaiian Lemon Tree

Hawaii Lemon Tree or Kalpi is arguably one of the most common lemons in Hawai`i. They are often confused with small Italian lemons and the larger rough-skinned Jambiri lemon. These trees are found all over the state and very prolific.

11. Bird of Paradise

The official name for the Bird of Paradise plant is strelitzia reginae Aiton. It is native to South Africa but blooms all over the Hawaiian Islands. The flower is known both for its shape – which looks like the head of a bird — and for its deep orange and blue colors.

12. Red Ti

The ti plant was first brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. It can be found in tropical Southeast Asia and Pacific wetlands. In modern times, the cultural uses are many. Most commonly used for lei making, if one receives a ti lei, he/she is adorned with wishes of good luck, good health and aloha.

13. Coconut Tree

There are dozens of coconut palm tree species of Hawaii. All but one, the loulu (genus Pritchardia), were brought here by humans. The coconut tree is considered one of the most useful trees in the world.

14. Beach Naupaka Blossom

Beach naupaka is a large bushy shrub native to southeastern Asia, eastern Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. Beach naupaka is also known as Hawaiian half-flower. Its distinctive flower makes it easy to identify.

3. Opiuma

Also known as Manila tamarind or Madras thorn. It was given the name "Opiuma" by Hawaiians when it was introduced from native Tropical America. It has low spreading branches and drought resistant.

4. Gold Tree

Gold trees line many streets and roads in Hawaii. Despite their height, these trees don't produce excessively thick trunks. The trunks are usually 2 to 3 feet in diameter, sometimes reaching 4 feet. They are deciduous (loose their leaves each year) and the bright yellow flowers appear just after leaf drop.

5. Hong Kong Orchid

The Hong Kong orchid tree isn’tactually an orchid.This is a sterile hybrid (Bauhinia x blakeana) that can’t reproduce sexually. The Hong Kong Orchid tree is in the bean family and if it ever did produce fruit, they would look like flattened, long, brown bean pods.

6. Apple Banana

Apple bananas get their name because of their slight apple-like scent. They only slightly resemble their longer, mushier cousins. Apple bananas are sweet, short and fat, have a slight tang to them, and stay firm far longer than other bananas.

7. Rubber Tree

Also known as the shargina tree, seringueira, rubberwood, or the Para rubber tree, the rubber tree—vibrantly colored and impressively large—played a vital part in Hawaii’s plantation history. The rubber tree originally hails from the Amazon Rainforest and has long been considered one of the most economically-essential trees in the Western world.

8. Guava Tree

Guava is not native to Hawaiʻi, though it's made itself quite comfortable. Likely originating from Central and South America, guava was brought to the Hawaiian islands early on in Western-contact days and has since provided wood, fruit and astringent medicine.

9. Puakenikeni

Puakenikeni produces a popular Hawaiian flower or use in lei's. Puakenikeni in Hawaiian translation means “ten cent flower”, which they sold for in the 1930's when first introduced to Hawaii.

15. Lauae Fern

Laua’e fern was introduced to Hawaii in the late 1910s and has subsequently naturalized and is found on all main islands. Traditionally, Laua’e was used to scent kapa cloth with its delicate maile like fragrance as well as in lei making and for native spiritual practices including hula.