What tree is this?

This tree was growing in my garden when we moved in.  Someone told me it was indigenous but I don’t have its proper name and couldn’t source it in any of my books.

It has a thick, rough bark, thin leaves and long, pod-shaped seeds, but what I really like about it are its flowers.  They are light, candy-striped and kinda Japanese.  Also, the seeds are really easy to germinate and I am growing a bonsai version of it.

Does anyone know what it is called and where it is from?

What tree is this?

What tree is this?

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14 Responses to What tree is this?

  1. Niall McNulty February 15, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    Could this be a powder puff tree or Calliandra Brevipes? I’ve just come across it in a book, in which case it is from Brazil and not indigenous at all 🙁

  2. Sonya February 16, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    I was just going to say that it doesn’t look indigenous to me. I’ll have a look at my exotic poster at home and see if I can recognise it…

  3. Niall McNulty February 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    It would be a shame if its not because I have grown some young trees from seed to plant at the front of our house …

  4. Sons February 18, 2009 at 4:22 am #

    Hey Smile I looked through my exotic Durban plants sheet and I can’t find this exact tree, but it looks very very similar to a Sensitive Plant (Mimosa Pudica) which orginates from Tropical, North and South America. They list Forest Indigo (Indigofera Micrantha) as an alternative…

  5. Niall McNulty February 18, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    As an interesting aside, I was sitting outside last night and bats were flying in to eat the flowers! It was a cool thing to watch …

  6. Niall McNulty February 18, 2009 at 4:49 am #

    Hi Sons. Yeah, it looks more and more like it is exotic … Oh well …

  7. Hedmekanik March 11, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    It’s an Albizia julibrissin – Lol & Lopez have one in their front yard too. Lovely, it’s name comes from the Persian for ‘silk rose’ Exotic, from SE Asia.

    See here for more:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albizia_julibrissin

    Nice blog, damn fine.

  8. Niall McNulty March 11, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    cool, thanks Travis.

    Guess I’ll have to get the old panga out …

  9. Hedmekanik March 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    Ja, perhaps ringbark it, and let it rot down?

  10. Steve January 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    just come across this post. if you like this tree then a very similar local variety – and equally cute – is Dichrostachys cinerea.

  11. Niall January 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    thanks Steve – just Googled it and it looks great. a worthy replacement. Plus, its other name is Kalahari Christmas tree 🙂

    more info and pics at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichrostachys_cinerea

  12. khalid July 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    except its branches grow out as pseudo thorns.Ouch!

    i have one..grows well without too much fuss.

  13. Niall July 22, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Hey Khalid

    I actually have bonsai’s one and its doing pretty well. Beautiful flowers!

  14. Mkhuleko Innocent Malinga May 21, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    dats probably a calliandra selloi,we have at skul and i,ve came across it many times when my practicals

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