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    Post by Joy on Thu 27 Jun 2013, 2:35 pm

    The setting sun shining on the umbrella tree in the front yard, yesterday evening, with heavy rain clouds in the SSW behind it. It really stood out against the dark clouds. Its flowers are usually very popular with honeyeater birds such as rainbow lorikeets, blue-faced honeyeaters & noisy friarbirds but they were not around when this pic was taken, unfortunately. They love these flowers. :smile:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 18 Sep 2013, 4:07 pm

    An unknown tree in our front yard. It is covered in masses of bee-attracting flowers which have a beautiful soft scent.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 18 Sep 2013, 4:08 pm

    Another view of the fragrant type-unknown tree. Many of its leaves turn a reddish/brown during winter but it isn't deciduous & the leaves return to green in spring.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 18 Sep 2013, 4:10 pm

    The flowers on this unknown tree turn brown very quickly but the bees love them.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 18 Sep 2013, 4:11 pm

    The bottlebrush is looking spectacular, for such a scruffy looking tree, so early in spring. It has even had the occasional flower during winter.

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    Post by Dawn on Wed 18 Sep 2013, 5:08 pm

    Joy wrote:The flowers on this unknown tree turn brown very quickly but the bees love them.

    Hi Joy, What beautiful images !!

     I had one of these in the garden in the house we lived before this one, it started off to be a shrub and soon grew into a tree , it  grew really quick and I was pruning it on a daily basis,  I had to remove it in the end as we would have not been able to get in the door eventually, it was in the wrong spot.  If I remember correctly it is a 'type of' false Jasmine. The flowers were so fragrant, yours is in a good spot so no problem if it gets large. I  googled it and can't find it's real name unfortunately and I have forgotten. I had it growing next to a mock orange shrub and between the two the fragrance was knockout beautiful. :wave:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 18 Sep 2013, 5:34 pm

    Hi Dawn. :hi:  This is quite an old tree/shrub as it would have been part of the original yard "beautification" when the complex was built about nearly 30 years ago. It doesn't seem to have grown any bigger since we have been here (6 & 1/2 yrs) & has never been pruned, so I would say it is well & truly fully grown. Thankfully it has been overlooked by our lawn contractor & his motorised shears because it does look attractive in flower. A sample of his work can be seen in the background of one of the pics where the hibiscus schizopetalus has been turned into a micro shrub. :mad2: 

    The flower clusters did not seem to be as brown as they appear in the pic but the honeybees were busy. :lol:
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    Post by Dawn on Wed 18 Sep 2013, 11:38 pm

    Hi Joy! I was wrong I got it mixed up with a creeper that grew in a pot next to it with a yellow trumpet like flower. I am getting old not as good a memory as I would like to have any more. The one I grew was Vibernum Sinensis, it is from the Laurel Family. Is this your tree?

    Vibernum Sinensis

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    Post by Joy on Thu 19 Sep 2013, 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the link, Dawn. :cool3:  This tree is very similar but flowers in spring like clockwork not in autumn or winter as does the vibernum sinensis. It is very hard to tell from the pics if they are the same, as well. Whatever it is it looks great at the moment but soon it will disappear into the background & sit there quietly as per usual. :giggle: 

    Thanks for looking & I know you are so good at IDing plants. :yes:  :D
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    Post by Dawn on Thu 19 Sep 2013, 4:13 pm

    Yes it is not important  it is beautiful and the fragrance is nice.

     If you look at the second small thumb nail under the large image the one to the right, is what made me think it was your tree ! Bye
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    Post by Joy on Thu 19 Sep 2013, 5:40 pm

    That is true, Dawn, it does look very similar in that pic. :yes:  Maybe it flowers at a different time of the year here. Who knows. :D 

    Thanks for going to the effort of finding the link. Much appreciated. :thanks:  :cool4:
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    Post by Guest on Thu 19 Sep 2013, 5:51 pm

    Beautiful images of your trees joy, thanks for posting.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 20 Sep 2013, 7:02 am

    Thanks BigBilly. I should post more as there are some lovely trees around.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Sep 2014, 2:46 pm

    Close up of a bottlebrush - callistemon - flower on the tree in our front yard. There are 34 species of these shrubs which belong to the Myrtaceae family & are all endemic to Australia.


    These flowers are beloved by all the local honeyeater birds including rainbow lorikeets.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Sep 2014, 2:47 pm

    Can see why they are ccalled bottlebrushes!!  :lol3:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Sep 2014, 2:51 pm

    Bottlebrush trees or shrubs come in various sizes. This is a medium sized one. There's one next door which is taller than a two-storeyed building & is huge. These trees have a very scraggly growth habit & would probably benefit from bushfire something that doesn't happen (touch wood) in suburbia. This one has its new spring leaf growth as well as flowers.
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    Post by Dawn on Sat 27 Sep 2014, 4:59 pm

    What beautiful Photos Joy those flowers are so striking with their red colour. Spring Glorious Spring.  :good:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Sep 2014, 5:06 pm

    Thank you, Dawn. :smile:  The bottlebrush is just starting & will soon be c
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    Post by granny on Sat 27 Sep 2014, 10:51 pm

    :hi:Joy,  Thanks so much for the great pictures.  :clap:  Love the trees in your yard.
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    Post by Joy on Sun 28 Sep 2014, 9:59 am

    This is the other unknown tree in our front yard which is also covered in buds.
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