Friday, April 3, 2009

Mystery Tree

I've been admiring this tree for the past month - and each time I pass, I wonder what in the world it is - but promptly forget to do the research - so I thought I would "research" the easy way by tossing it out to the cyber-world. What is this tree???It bloomed all of March and its puff-ball blossoms are about 4 inches in diameter. The trunk is smooth and currently the tree has not got a single leaf.


We picked up a fairly fresh bloom that the tree had shed. It had a bit of a rubbery feel. What I think may be the sepal felt a bit like chenile twine (if that makes any sense to you).
Okay now, be a friend and share your knowledge - or even your best guess.

5 comments:

Gail said...

I have seen this pretty before but, and this is my failure as a gardener, unless I can grow them I don't hang on to the names! gail

Sheila said...

No idea, but those are interesting blooms!

SamiG said...

I think it is Calliandra Surinaemensis or Pink Powder Puff.

Mary Beth said...

GAIL - I can relate! I have a hard enough time trying to remember that plants that I grow - but this one is so striking, I'd like to add it to my garden somewhere.

SHEILA - Interesting is an understatement! It has a bit of a leathery, rubbery feel to the stamens and sepals. Very cool . . .

SAMIG - I'm going to watch this tree through the rest of the year and then I'll decide whether I'm going with Pink Powder Puff or Shaving Brush Tree. Thanks for your info!

garden girl said...

not sure what it is, but it sure is pretty!