I want to share with you three amazing plants that I encountered on Saturday, each with pink flowers, yet each one so different from the other. I spent the afternoon at the Arboretum at Arizona State University (my alma mater). Many people are surprised to find out that they have a wonderful arboretum that encompasses the entire main campus. I had a wonderful time just walking around and taking pictures of beautiful trees and plants, my husband patiently trailing behind me with the kids.
OK, first the pretty…
The tree itself is relatively unremarkable. The flowers are not distinct. It is native to the tropical areas of Africa, parts of Southeast Asia and Australia. It grows well in full sun or filtered shade. In wet, tropical areas, it can be invasive. However, in our dry climate, that is not a problem.
**Okay, I have to admit, that I had to look up information on this Chinese Lantern tree – I hate admitting that. I do not profess to know about every type of plant; this is easily evidenced by my travels to colder climates where I know about only a fraction of what the plants are there. But this one was in my backyard. I had never seen this type of tree before and had never learned about it either. So, I went through my countless dry climate plant books hoping to find what type of tree this was, and only one book had it listed, (which made me feel better). It is not common here in Arizona, but I guarantee that I will never forget it.