Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A chance encounter

I've posted about these trees before.  They look like they came right out of a Dr Seuss book (or maybe the greenhouse at Hogwarts).  They bloom with brilliant spiky flowers before there is any hit of a leaf (I consider myself to have some knowledge of plants and how they work--I do have a Master's Degree in Plant Science--and this boggles the mind.  How can they bloom before they have made leaves.  I always worry that they'll run out of energy and die before they've made their leaves and can get food) and since moving to CA they have been a small obsession of mine.

When they do finally get leaves they come in "pom pom" style with large bushy bunches on the end of each branch.  I love them.

The sad news is that googling "weird red blossom tree California" or "red spiky flower tree california" doesn't get you anywhere.  I had no idea what they were until a chance meeting with a very knowledgeable tram rider at the Wild Animal Park.

South African Coral Tree.

And some day when we have a yard, there will be one there.

1 comment:

  1. So glad to know the name....I've seen them too and have felt wonder....