Trees & Plants

The Givers of Life!

A Living Museum

Built on a Labor of Love

Since purchasing the land in 2013 we have planted over 3,000 trees and plants. Planting is the first step of a long journey of untold labor in nurturing a tree’s growth to maturity. It is a labor of love. Truly. An investment of time and energy towards an organism that will spend its entire lifetime giving us clean air to breathe and being part of an ecosystem that gives us life. How easily we forget and not see their labor of love for us!

Our gardens will boast native trees and plants plus exotic ones that have been wisely chosen to coexist here. It will also be a safe haven for endangered trees, some of which are highly threatened.

Amongst the trees that our gardens are proud to be home to are the indigenous giant Kapok tree (Ceiba Pentandra) that grows up to 230 ft (70m), the Talipot palm from India with its large palmate leaves that grow up to 5 m (16 ft) in diameter, and the highly medicinal Cortez Negro, the Cannonball tree with its spectacular flowers and cannonball size fruits.

Remaining Resilient

A Journey of Highs and Lows

We don’t want to paint you a picture that Siva Ashram is a utopian paradise. Our journey of creating this botanical garden has been one of highs and lows. We’ve poured our hearts and soul into the creation of these gardens and it is hard to be detached when the trees you plant die or worse, get stolen.

Over the years, we’ve lost a decent number of trees to nature. They’ve mainly either drowned in too much water during the rainy season or got burnt to a crisp at the height of the dry season. Others have succumbed to the Papagayo winds that sweep across the country between November and April in this region and can record speeds as high as 50 to 70 miles per hour, which is enough to uproot some trees. Then there are also insects, bugs and diseases that claim some of the plants and trees. Last but not least – thieves. Fortunately, this has reduced significantly in recent years.

It’s a sad day when we find out that one of our trees has died. We remain resilient and march onward in our creation of these gardens!

FAQs about the Trees & Plants

Answers you perhaps would like to know

How many trees and plants does Siva Ashram have?

We’ve planted over 2,000 trees and plants since the beginning of our project. We’ve sought many local species including many endangered trees and given them a safe haven to grow in. We also have a collection of non-invasive trees and plants from around the world that add to the beauty of the garden.

Our gardens will boast rare and endangered trees, such as the indigenous giant Kapok tree (Ceiba Pentandra) that grows up to 230 ft (70m), the Guanacaste tree (Enterolobium Cyclocarpum) which is the national tree of Costa Rica, the highly medicinal Cortez Negro, and the Tabebuia Rosea whose pink flowers the Howler monkeys enjoy devouring. These are a few of the many trees we have planted for humans and animals to enjoy and be inspired by the beauty of this gorgeous planet that we live on.

Our garden is constituted by many tropical species native to Central America and southeast Asia.

There will be an abundance of medicinal trees and plants, including neem, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and more. In fact, most of the plants and trees on the property fall into the category of flowering, fruit, medicinal, or spice – all nature’s gifts to us.

From a vast list of citrus trees to mangoes, Siva Ashram also has star fruits, Surinam cherries, soursop, nances, and many others. Check our orchard list here.

You can see a detailed list of our trees and plants with their scientific names here.

Most of our species are in full bloom at the end of the dry season, from March to May, and the entire garden is in lush green during the entirety of the rainy season, from June to December.

Yes, Siva Ashram is fostering a beautiful and natural environment for all the species that live here to thrive as they naturally do. Many birds feed and make their nests all over the 33 acres of Siva Ashram. Our beautiful butterfly garden is home to multiple species of butterflies and bees.

Our gardens are blessed with a bountiful harvest. Most of the fruits and vegetables will go to source our own welcome center for the drinks and snacks that we will offer. Also, the Siva Ashram team gets to enjoy the fruit year-round.

Yes! We will be very grateful to you for doing so. We have listed the trees available to sponsor here.

Help manifest this
Spiritual Sanctuary

Three different ways to support the creation of Siva Ashram

Siva Ashram is a labor of love. It is built with a purpose to uplift humanity and positively shift humans perspective and relationship with nature for the better. Such effort cannot be accomplished alone. If you feel inspired by what we are creating here or you have been positively impacted by the teachings and would like a way to give back, please consider supporting the creation of Siva Ashram so that it continues the work it is doing. Here are three ways you can support Siva Ashram financially:

One time or
Recurring Donations


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Sponsor A Tree

Project Crowdsource


Trees and Plants

All trees and plants are special but here are a few that we love

Brazilian Firetree

One of our favorite trees! Known locally as gallinazo because of its feathery leaves, this fast-growing tree can grow up to 9 ft per year and blooms with thousands of beautiful golden yellow flowers.

Cassia Grandis

This impressive tree is known for blossoming thousands of beautiful crimson and pink flowers that it then sheds, covering the ground with a delicate carpet. It is thus known as pink shower.

Old Man Palm

This unique palm, endemic to Cuba, is known for the beard-like fibers that cover its trunk, resembling a long beard. It is critically endangered, which heightens our care and conservation commitment.


The banyan is the national tree of the Republic of India. This giant can resist intense drought and is known for its aerial roots that grow downwards and can cover a large area after many years.

Roble Sabana

These spectacularly tall trees bloom with flowers that range from white to tones of pink or purple. Local howler monkeys greatly enjoy eating them so they are on display for a very limited time!


Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s best-known export products and also holds a deeper cultural meaning as part of this unique country’s culture. Rest assured that we have plenty of coffee at Siva Ashram!

Tree Inventory

Sharing a portion of an ever-growing list of trees that are in our gardens

Acacia | Vachellia cornigera

American Oil Palm | Elaeis Oleifera

Banyan | Ficus benghalensis

Baobab | Adansonia

Bismarck Palm | Bismarckia nobilis

Brazilian Ironwood | Libidibia ferrea

Cabbage Palm | Corypha Utan

Cannonball Tree | Couroupita guianensis

Carpentaria Palm | Carpentaria acuminata

Cocobolo | Dalbergia retusa

Coconut Tree | Cocos nucifera

Coffee | Coffea arabica

Cuban Wax Palm | Copernicia hospita

Date Palm | Phoenix dactylifera

Dragon Bamboo | Dendrocalamus asper

Dwarf Palmetto | Sabal Minor

Fiji Fan Palm | Pritchardia pacifica

Fishtail Palm | Caryota urens

Foxtail Palm | Wodyetia bifurcata

Guanacaste | Enterolobium cyclocarpum

Honduran Mahogany | Swietenia macrophylla

Horse balls tree | Tabernaemontana donnell-smithii

Jorco Amarillo | Sclerocarya birrea

Kapok Tree | Ceiba pentandra

Mahajanga Palm | Dypsis Mahajanga

Malabar Chestnut | Pachira aquatica

Moringa (Drumstick Tree) | Moringa oleifera

Neem | Azadirachta indica

Old Man Palm | Coccothrinax crinita

Panama Tree | Sterculia apetala

Petticoat Palm | Copernicia macroglossa

Potbellied Ceibo | Pseudobombax septenatum

Rain Tree | Albizia Saman

Rainbow Eucalyptus | Eucalyptus deglupta

Red Latan Palm | Latania lontaroides

Red Sandalwood | Pterocarpus santalinus

Royal Palm | Roystonea regia

Silver Date Palm | Phoenix sylvestris

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Eucalyptus cinerea

Spanish Cedar | Cedrela odorata

Stinking Toe | Hymenaea courbaril

Strangler Fig | Ficus costaricana

Sura | Terminalia oblonga

Talipot Palm | Corypha umbraculifera

Teddy Bear Palm | Dypsis leptocheilos

Travelers Palm | Ravenala madagascariensis

West Indian Cedar | Cedrela tonduzii

White Mahogany | Vochysia guatemalensis

Wild Tamarind | Cojoba arborea

“Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. ”

~ Rabindranath Tagore