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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Australian Willow - Wordless Wednesday

Scientific name: Leptospermum brachyandrum
Common name: Australian Willow / Weeping Tea Tree
Family: Myrtaceae
Native plant of : Australia
Photographs taken by Autumn Belle at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama
Grateful thanks to Dr. Francis Ng of The Secret Garden of 1-Utama.

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I would like to dedicate this post to my friend, Radhika, from Ever Green Tree blog, the first commenter of my previous "Phaleria capitata" post. I have learnt a lot from her, including this beautiful phrase "We can learn a lot from the trees - they are always grounded, but never stop reaching heaven wards.... ~ Everett Manor "


  1. fascinating! How beautiful is nature! It surprises us everywhere!
    Happy WordlessWednesday!

  2. Weeping willow trees are always so calming in appearance to me. What a lovely secret garden.

    Have a lovely day ~ FlowerLady

  3. Just gorgeous. Great shots. Happy WW.

  4. Lovely series. I have always liked willows.

  5. The leaves of this evergreen has a distinctive aromatic scent. It got its name "Weeping Tea Tree" from the early settlers who used an infusion of the leaves in hot water to make a tea substitute. The trunks which loose their bark in strips to reveal a smooth surface in shades of grey and soft pink, are the most attractive feature of this willow. Flowers are 7mm wide and the woody fruits are about 4mm in diameter. A mature tree grows to about 5m.

    Here's a quote from the martial arts actor, Bruce Lee,

    “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

  6. Lovely to see a tea tree thriving in your part of the world Autumn Belle! The smell is very distinctive isn't it? I've never been able to decide if I like it or not! Our family used tea tree oil as an antiseptic, so the smell reminds me of childhood scraped knees!

  7. I love the sound of willow, especially when the wind is blowing.

  8. I love the weeping willow tree. When I was in China, there are lots of weeping willow trees planted along the bank of the river. It just looked so beautiful! Although I don't think that is the same willow tree as what you show here, similar look but no scent ( at least I did not notice).

  9. Hi Autumn. Willow trees are so romantic. I think every yard should have one. I wish I had room for everything I liked.The blooms are like cherry blooms. Do they have a fragrance? The Secret Garden has wonderful pathways. Is the brim to keep the plants in or the people out? LOL!
    Thanks to your blog I get to see plants that I would have never known about.
    Have a wonderful week.

  10. Great looking tree. I love the shot you took. The curved walkway combined with the flowing willow is so fluid and lovely. It mimics a river, pretty cool to do with concrete. :-)

  11. Tea trees are very common around the Bay Area, but not this species.
    Love the photo with the walkway.
    aka Alice's Garden Travel Buzz

  12. The close ups are lovely but that last shot absolutely took my breath away. Gorgeous!

  13. I hardly notice any scent in the flowers, maybe there are too many fragrant flowers at the garden to distract me. Beside the edge of the concrete pathway on the left and right, it is actually a pond where water plants like arrowhead, pussy willows, etc are grown. Here is where I find tadpoles too. The 'brim' is also the place I like to sit and rest, perhaps to ponder, take notes and enjoy the view and atmosphere.

    This is the first time I see willow flowers. I used to think that willows are sad and melancholy due to the word 'weeping' and some songs and poem associated with it. Now, I view the willow as a graceful beauty and I love its cascading branches and how it gently bends and slowly dances along with the breeze. I can hear the whispers in the wind, not that there is much wind at the rooftop here, but willows are found in many other Chinese gardens in Malaysia.

    Chinese use willow branches as a protection to ward off evil. From times immemorial, willows have been the source of inspiration of many Chinese poets and artists in calligraphy, art, literature and poetry.

    About The Secret Garden, there are a few garden design styles here, Tropical, English, Chinese and Zen.

  14. Wow..
    I never seen a willow's flower.
    They do look like a baby water apple fruit.

  15. I really like that garden, the way the plants work with that curving walkway...

  16. What a beautiful willow! It really made the place look pleasant. I love the bushy leaves that sways when the wind blows. And looks like it made a shade for the those who are passing by below :-D

  17. What a fabulous pic of that tree... really beautiful.

  18. Your blog is very nice, with so many beautyful pictures! Lovely exotic flowers!
    I will love to visite again!
    Have a lovely day / Margot

  19. Dear Autumn Belle,

    My apologizes for being late, nonetheless i am here to say a EVERGREEN THANK YOU for the BLOG dedication. Its a privileged honor for being the first commentator on your blog. Informative n interesting post on Australian Willow.

    Loved the Quote, you have shared above.... from the martial arts actor, Bruce Lee,

    “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

    Thx a ton. Cheers! Radhika

  20. É um jardim maravilhoso onde apetece estar para sonhar e...descansar!
    Virei mais vezes tomar um chá consigo entre este verde que pacifica...

  21. that's teh ebauty of nature! how fascinating

  22. I am trying to post my comment again, as my previous just got lost. We also have weeping willows in the country, but they have the redflowers. This Australian willow is so significant for me as it consoled my lonesomeness when i see it near the entrance to my lab in Sydney.You see, it is my first travel abroad and i thought i had a friendship with this tree, in particular. I was not able to see it bloom, but i always greet it, especially in my moments of solitude.

  23. What an interesting name.. Weeping Tea Tree. :-)

  24. Absolutely beautiful shots. The flowers are so small, delicate and yet have an exotic feel to hem.

  25. Very, very beautiful. Thank you.

  26. Hi Autumn Belle

    this is a lovely moody shot of the weeping tea tree. We have many tea trees where I live on the coast of Australia and one of the bays I walk to in the National Park each day is called Tea Tree Bay after its leptospermum.

    Actually there are two tea trees in the park, the leptospermum and the melaleuca, where the tea tree oil originates.

    But none of them are as graceful as your specimen.

    happy days


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