Ron - 2065 Monday, 10 March 2014
I should add that the trunk in the photograph is on a different tree, I only used it as a prop for the flower. The tree is currently losing the flowers.
Pam - 2159 Wednesday, 12 March 2014
The tree looks to me like Chorisia speciosa - Floss Silk Tree. The leaves are a rather like a maple - a few leaflets spread like a hand.
The trunk can get spikey with age, or more bulbous at the bottom.
If grown from seed the flowers can vary in their pink colour from pale to red, and the centres from white to yellow marked red or brown.
Ron - 2065 Friday, 14 March 2014
Thank you very much, isn"t it a glorious plant.
Pam - 2159 Saturday, 15 March 2014
Ron, Yes, it is one of my favourites. I have 2 young ones yet to flower in my garden - bought from Davidsons Nursery (now closed). Saw some out at Port Macquarie last week. A few years ago ago I saw quite a few in South Africa. The seeds had come from South America when the fluffy kapok like seeds were used as stuffing.Cheers, Pam
Lindy - 2093 Sunday, 11 May 2014
They call it a Kapok Tree in South Africa. I had one in the garden (many moons ago!!) when we lived there.