You’ve likely seen these trees as you explore Maui…. but what kind of trees are they? And are those pineapples? Now, if you’re a faithful reader of my blog, you will know that pineapples don’t grow on trees… right?
|I spotted this hala tree on Wailea Alanui Drive, near our Palms at Wailea condo|
Hala (also known as Pu Hala) trees are, unlike many of the other plants you see here, native to Hawaii and grow well below 2000 ft elevation. They are incredibly hardy and can tolerate salt water.
The scientific name is Pandanus tectorius, also known as the screw pine. They can grow up to 30 feet tall and have a span of 20-40 feet. The leaves are 2-6 feet long and have sharp edges.
|Hala trees root structure|