The Jamaican National Tree is the Blue Mahoe (Hibiscus Elatus). It is indigenous to the island and is found mainly in wetter areas of the island. It grows quite rapidly, often attaining 20m (66ft) or more in height. In addition, it will grow up to 1200m (4000 ft.) in wetter areas and is often used in reforestation.
The tree has a straight trunk, broad green leaves and hibiscus-like flowers. As it matures the attractive flower changes color , from bright yellow to orange red and finally to crimson.
The word “mahoe” is believed to have a Carib Indian origin. The “blue” refers to blue-green streaks in the polished wood, which gives it a beautiful and different look.
Designers: A group from the Jamaica House of Representatives.