Lophostemon confertus (syn. Tristania conferta), is an evergreen tree native to Australia, though it is cultivated in the United States and elsewhere. Common names include brush box, Queensland box, Brisbane Box, pink box, box scrub, and vinegartree.[2] Its natural range in Australia is north-east New South Wales and coastal Queensland[3] but it is commonly used as a street tree in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities in eastern Australia.

It is considered useful as a street tree, due to its disease and pest resilience, its high tolerance for smog, drought and poor drainage, and the fact that it needs only moderate-to-light upkeep.[4] It often requires lopping to accommodate overhead power lines, but survives pruning quite well.[5] It has a denser foliage and hence provides more shade than eucalypts, and is considered safer than eucalypts because it rarely sheds limbs. In form it is used as a replacement for the weedy Camphor Laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) while having a low potential for being weedy itself.
In the wild its habitat ranges from moist open forest and rainforest ecotones, where it might reach heights of 40 metres or more, to coastal headlands where it acquires a stunted, wind-sheared habit. 
(From  Wikipedia  on 12.1.15)


 

 

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Lophostemon confertus (R. Br.) Peter G. Wilson & J. T. Waterh.
Syn: Tristania conferta R. Br.
Brisbane boxtree; Queensland box
Evergreen tree with ovate to ovate-lanceolate leaves, up to 15 cm long; flowers white, 22-28 mm across, in clusters of 3-7, on young wood, below leaf clusters; stamens united in bundles opposite petals; fruit about 10-12 mm across, capsule, 3-valved.
Photographed from Sunnyvale, California.


Very interesting shapes of flower structures!


very nice and may be rare
are people planting them in their front yards? or was this a t a nursery? 


Mostly along roadsides


 

 

References:

The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  Wikipedia  

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