She added: "It's a liquid amber tree
- its leaves go the most beautiful colour in the autumn - but they grow so big and the branches absorb a lot of water when it rains, which goes to the ends of the branches, and it just can't support the weight, hence them breaking off.
All Dominican amber seems to come from a single extinct species, the so-called amber tree, Hymenaea protera, the precursor to the algarrobo, or locust, with thirteen extant species.
The amber tree was apparently a prodigious resin producer, oozing such rapid flows that hopping and flying insects could be caught in its sticky trap unaware.
At the Gabrielson's house, the roots of a liquid amber tree had over time burrowed to the side of the house and knocked down a brick wall which broke the toe of Sue Gabrielson, his wife.
On Thursday morning, Supervisor Frank Schillo visited Henry Drive and inspected the liquid amber trees, sporting fall foliage in orange and red, even though the area is in Supervisor Kathy Long's district.
Savour local honey in the coffee shops of Siana, sit among the liquid amber trees
of Petalhoudes - the Valley of the Butterflies and watch hundreds of Jersey Tiger Moths take flight.
The colours of the orange, camphor and liquid amber trees
, the coral and jacaranda flowers will be delicate complements to the strong architectural elements.
We've got all kinds of things in the garden - conifers, holly bushes, daisies, roses and amber trees