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Royal Poinciana Trees and Duck Key

Trees not only beautify the homes on Duck Key, but they add value as well. Studies have shown that mature trees and appealing landscaping can increase the value of a home by ten percent or more. Trees and pleasant surroundings also add joy to our lives .

Considered by many summer residents to be the most beautiful flowering trees on Duck Key are the twin flamboyants ( delonix regia ) prominently standing by the entrance to the Kellogg Brown and Root compound at 226 West Seaview Drive. Also known as royal poinciana, these large umbrella shade trees show glorious flaming red blossoms during the summer. The branches of each flamboyant covers a broad area in diameter and exhibit flower clusters so numerous that their brick red color may be seen from far off and produce a spectacular effect.

 

Kellogg Brown and Root twin royal poinciana trees

 

This showy tree, which is a native of Madagascar, grows well in Duck Key soil. The original developers of Duck Key intended to plant avenues of royal poincianas, jacarandas, and other flowering trees common to the West Indies as part of their Caribbean theme. Duck Key developer Bryan Newkirk's dream ended before this was accomplished. The flamboyants and many other flowering trees found on Duck Key are there thanks to the efforts of thoughtful residents. Additionally, scores of flowering trees have been planted on Indies and Bimini Drives by Duck Key Property Owners' Association as part of its beautification program. A survey of the Duck Key islands indicates that in addition to Kellog, Brown and Root's twin flamboyants nineteen other flamboyants are growing on Plantation Island for passersby to enjoy. Six others may be seen on Yacht Club Island.

Duck Key is advertised as Florida's Caribbean Island in the heart of the Florida Keys. On another Caribbean island, Barbados, islanders often use the flamboyant's natural shade for picnics. They find it useful for taking a restful siesta under the cool shade of this tree while happy tourists "like mad dogs and Englishmen, go out in the midday sun." The flamboyant tree is certainly one of the world's most beautiful trees, so much so that occasionally a year round resident of Duck Key can be seen out in the midday sun gazing at its grandeur.

 

Kellogg Brown and Root Compound

Originally the home of Duck Key developer. Bryan Newkirk. This property has changed hands a number of times. Since the 1970s the compound has served as a corporate retreat. First for Brown and Root and now Kellogg Brown and Root. KBR has added several structures to the Newkirk home.

Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), is part of Halliburton. Halliburton employs more than 100,000 people in over 120 countries. KBR is Halliburton's operating segment known as the Engineering and Construction Group, KBR's provides services to the energy industry and also provides services for governments and civil infrastructure customers.

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The Kellogg Brown and Root Compound served as the residence for Arnold Swarznegger and family during part of the filming of the movie "True Lies". During filming co-star Jamie Lee Curtis stayed in one of the penthouses on the top floor of Hawk's Cay Inn. Actor Tom Arnold stayed in one of the high rise condominium buildings.

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