Buckinghamia celsissima

Ivory Curl Flower

This splendid flowering tree grows tall and slender in high-altitude tropical rainforests, reaching 90 feet. Planted in the open at lower altitudes, it takes on a bushy form from the ground up, seldom exceeding 40 feet. Deep green, 1-foot-long leaves, divided into lobes or leaflets, form a dense crown. From summer to late autumn it offers a glorious floral display: creamy, frilly spikes of delicately curling stamens, 8 to 12 inches long. In good years, these cover the tree and perfume the air. Though popular and widely planted in Australia, your only United States source may be an arboretum or botanical garden. Worth seeking out if you can provide the right conditions: mild year-round with ample water in summer, little or no frost in winter. Will not flower as well in high humidity. Needs a sheltered warm location with medium to heavy, well-drained but moist, acid soil. Drought-resistant. Recovers from slight frost damage with new spring growth, flushed red or pink. Grow from fresh seed, covered lightly, or take cuttings from branch tips soon after flowering. Fresh seed sprouts quickly, but becomes less viable over 3 to 5 years.
Buckinghamia celsissima, Ivory Curl Flower
Its mature leaves are elliptic and glossy, with silvery coloring beneath.

Attributes - Buckinghamia celsissima

Plant Type: Tree

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 60 ft. to 90 ft.

Width: 60 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 10, 11

Notes: Fragrant.

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