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?


15 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.

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  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 https://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

  15. NIK June 26, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

    Looks like a Mimosa tree to me.

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