This flowering tree is native to the south of Chile.
It appears to be Tepualia stipularis.
fawnridge, the flowers are not white and are not fluffy. They look more like plastic or cake decorations. Maybe a relative?
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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
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
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.
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.
Another volcano, seen from the farm where the tree is located.
The tree is Lomatia ferruginia
Here is a link that might be useful: Lomatia ferruginia
Thanks, shuffles. Such an interesting blossom.
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.
Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images - Lomatia ferruginea
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.