Our Firmiana simplex, Sterculia platanifolia, Chinese Parasol Tree is a very special tree that blooms and six weeks later produces seeds. Yesterday I took photos of those seeds so this makes it complete for showing it to you. This tree is original from China, Japan and Taiwan. German link: Firmania simplex for my German readers. Also a Spanish link: Parasol de la China (haga clic en la palabra). It is a very interesting tree with different attractions, huge leaves and large trusses of flowers, than the seeds. And so far it bears the longest botanical name I have come across! Of course I am not talking about a Garden Tour during the HEAT of summer. To the top, right of my blog you can see how hot it actually gets here, by the hour.
It was May 31, when this photo was taken.
Quite a load of flowers!
Huge leaves; hence its name 'Chinese Parasol Tree'...
Photo taken this morning, look how in six weeks those berry-like fruits (seeds) have developed!
So tell me; were you familiar with this kind of 'Parasol'...?