In the Cuban city of Cienfuego, there is a fabulous Botanical Garden with breathtaking flowers and magnificent trees. In 1899 Harvard University began a relationship with these gardens and, with a large endowment in 1924, the Harvard Biological Laboratory was formed here. Harvard’s relationship with the gardens ended in 1961 with the Cuban Revolution.
One of the most outstanding trees is known as the Cannonball Tree, couraupita guianensis. The tree has large, interesting fruits with many medicinal uses. Most appealing are the fragrant flowers that are both beautiful and have an extraordinary scent.
Outside of the Gardens, luscious foliage brings lots of shade to every plaza in Cuba.