Tree ID

shuffles_gwFebruary 15, 2014

This flowering tree is native to the south of Chile.

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fawnridge(10A)

It appears to be Tepualia stipularis.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:10AM
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shuffles_gw

fawnridge, the flowers are not white and are not fluffy. They look more like plastic or cake decorations. Maybe a relative?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 11:44AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Shuffles, that plant really does look like plastic - both the flowers and the fern-like leaves. They even look like plastic does when it is a little bleached-out by the sun. Is it possible that it is plastic? (Were you in a cemetery, LOL?)

Did you take the pic? Do you have additional photos?

I believe you, if you say it is real. It just doesn't look that way from just that one photo.

Carol in Jacksonville

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 5:56PM
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shuffles_gw

Carol, I took the photo. It was a tree about 15' tall and full of those flowers. It didn't look like much from a distance, but close up, I couldn't believe it, totally thick with flowers. I didn't take more than that one photo. Here is the photo I took just before that one.

This post was edited by shuffles on Sun, Feb 16, 14 at 19:30

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 7:18PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Shuffles, WOW - thanks for the reply and that second photo! Gorgeous! Well, I'm eager to hear the identity when you find out. It is nothing like I have ever seen before and it must have been beautiful in person. Thanks again.

Carol

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 9:45PM
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writersblock

I'd like to know, too. I've seen this as a plastic plant more than once but I had no idea it was based on anything real.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 10:42PM
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shuffles_gw

Another volcano, seen from the farm where the tree is located.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 7:51AM
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shuffles_gw

The tree is Lomatia ferruginia

Here is a link that might be useful: Lomatia ferruginia

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 2:31PM
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writersblock

Thanks, shuffles. Such an interesting blossom.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 5:27PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Wow, what a cool plant. So it really is real! Shuffles, did it have a scent? And did you get any seeds? Information on the web says it is hardy from Zones 8b to 11.

Below is a link to Google Images for more photos.

Carol

Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images - Lomatia ferruginea

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 7:07PM
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shuffles_gw

I didn't notice any scent. The seeds come later. I was in Chile for only two weeks. Seeds are available on the net. I have a feeling it would be at home between northern California and Juneau, Alaska. Who knows if it could survive Florida summers? Maybe as a container plant in the shade? It is grown in Ireland and Scotland, that I know of.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:06PM
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