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 Strange looking tree in Christchurch. Any clues? 
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Post Strange looking tree in Christchurch. Any clues?
I saw this tree in town the other day, quite big leaves (maybe 20 cm long), somewhat tropical looking. And a very strange red ... flower?

Anyone know what this is?

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Post Re: Strange looking tree in Christchurch. Any clues?
Looks like a Magnolia, perhaps M. campbellii. That's a seedpod. Nice species.

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Post Re: Strange looking tree in Christchurch. Any clues?
Oh thanks! Don't think I've ever seen the seed pods before, I thought it was something very strange :)


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Post Re: Strange looking tree in Christchurch. Any clues?
San Francisco Botanical Garden gives rave reviews and has 28,planted.
https://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/garde ... 2_02.shtml


Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:02 pm
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Post Re: Strange looking tree in Christchurch. Any clues?
I was as certain as could be the plant was Amaranthus caudatus, Love-Lies-Bleeding.

http://suttons.s3.amazonaws.com/p/FLSLOV2061_3.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranthus_caudatus

But then I saw it was described as a tree.

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Post Re: Strange looking tree in Christchurch. Any clues?
See where you are coming from Keith, but definitely a Magnolia just not sure which.

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Post Re: Strange looking tree in Christchurch. Any clues?
Yes a Magnolia.
I have a couple that have the same seeds.

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