Ornamentals | Fruit Trees | Wild Trees | Rare & Unusual Trees
If you've traveled in much of the world's tropics, already you've met many of the most conspicuous and attractive of urban and small-town Yucatan's ornamental trees. That's because Many are from other parts of the world but have been introduced here. However, a surprising number are native to the Yucatan, but have been introduced into other parts of the world.
AROUND MAYAN HOMES
At first glance, backyards in typical Mayan villages look chaotic. However, up close you can see that usually they are sophisticated examples of agroforestry. In other words, plants and animals are being managed as a sustainable ecosystem efficiently producing food for the family throughout the year. Attempts to grow Northern-type gardens in the Yucatan fail because of diseases, the plants being eaten by animals, and the habitually thin, organic-matter impoverished soil. Consider the backyard of a home in the village of Sabacché about an hour by car southeast of Mérida here.