On Wednesday, I was riding my bike near my home. I saw this beautiful flowering tree (bush? plant?)
I’d never seen this sort of flower in my area of the U.S. (Kansas, northern Texas)
Please look at the photos below:
These are the buds….
I showed my Friday male Japanese teacher these photos and he told me that these flowers are called Bottlebrush. (Actual name is Callistemon.)
They are NOT native to Japan. They are native to Australia! Imagine that!!!!!! Wow.
So anyway, he checked his dictionary and it said that Callistemon was brought to Japan during the Meiji Period, so basically sometime around the late 1800’s or so. (Meiji Period: 1868-1912)
I thought the flowers were lovely, and now that I know they are originally Australian, I feel like I’ve seen a bit of Australia!