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 thoughts on “What tree is this?”

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

  4. except its branches grow out as pseudo thorns.Ouch!

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

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