Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

January 15, 2015

Back in Sync

Filed under: Avondale,Flowers,Seasons,Trees — paul @ 7:19 am
Illawarra Flame Tree, Ash Street

Illawarra Flame Tree, Ash Street

In full bloom right now, the Illawarra Flame Tree at the New Lynn end of Ash Street, Avondale, is a joy to behold. A few years ago, I showed pictures of successive seasons, where only one half of the tree was in flower, in alternation. In the intervening time, I was unimpressed with the flowering display and did not take pictures (there were hints of half-and-half). But this year the two halves got their act together magnificently!

The Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) is a native of Australia with stunning red flowers, very conspicuous because it sheds its leaves before flowering. Found as specimen tree in some New Zealand gardens.

2010 and 2011:

Illawarra Flame Tree

Illawarra Flame Tree

Illawarra Flame Tree

Illawarra Flame Tree