What's in a street name?

The ever-blooming Cordia sebestena, for which Cordia Boulevard in OLEA is named, will provide orange flowers all year long.

The placement of shrubs, plants and trees along the roads through OLEA, Camana Bay's first for-sale residences, is done by thoughtful design.

More than 40 species of plants are identified in the residential community’s landscaping plans and each one was selected as part of a strategic process that fits seamlessly with Camana Bay’s horticultural narrative. They're also the inspiration for OLEA's street names, says Dart Senior Design Manager Nicholas Forari Denney.

“The Town Centre has a history of using plant names and mythology to inspire its road names,” Forari Denney says. “This helps with wayfinding and a connection to the place for visitors and residents alike.”

Once all phases of the residential community are complete, every street in OLEA will celebrate its name with a perfectly appointed mix of plantings and shady street trees.


This main street runs parallel with the community’s canalfront duplexes and is aptly named after the development's namesake, genus Olea. Red birches providing a shady canopy and pink trumpets laced with colourful flowers will be featured along Olea Drive. The fragrant Olea emarginata, an olive tree that is native to Madagascar, will be planted along Cordia Boulevard.


As the widest avenue in OLEA, Cordia Boulevard flanks the neat row of townhomes located at the heart of the property. Named for the ever-blooming Cordia sebestena, which will provide glorious pops of orange flowers throughout the year, this boulevard is a conduit from north to south and provides easy access to many of OLEA’s central amenities, such as the lazy river. It will also include shady mahogany trees. Cordia trees can also be seen on Market Street in Camana Bay.


Connecting Olea Drive with Cordia Boulevard is the petite Pink Trumpet Way. Named after Tabebuia heterophylla, a native pink flowering tree, this central path provides easy access to and from the waterfront. Pink trumpets can also be seen blooming in late winter and early spring on Forum Lane and Market Street in Camana Bay.


Once Copperwood Lane is completed, it will connect with Cordia Boulevard. Named after Bursera simaruba, which is also called the red birch, these grand trees are a native species seen throughout the Cayman Islands. Known for their red and peeling bark, the trees will be planted throughout OLEA.

This article was originally featured in the March 2022 print edition of Camana Bay Times.

Andrea Lumsden


Andrea Lumsden has worked with Dart since 2013 and has been writing professionally since 2003. Graduating from university with a BA in Communication, Andrea has worked with clients across a range of industries, including financial services, hospitality and real estate. Raised in the Cayman Islands, she’s a bookworm at heart who enjoys cooking and travelling with her husband and three children. Find her in Camana Bay reading a good book and savouring the ocean breeze.

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