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The Fried Egg Tree - Gordonia axillaris syn Polyspora axillaris

Happy Mother's Day to all you mums out there!

Whilst enjoying a walk with my eldest daughter and doggo this morning we came across this gorgeous specimen, Gordonia or Polyspora axillaris - The Fried Egg Tree.

You can see how it got its common name by looking at its beautiful flowers! They look like fried eggs all over the small tree and as they age, they fall to the ground sunny side up!

Gordonia axillaris flowers and leaves

This is a beautiful tree reaching 4m tall with a naturally rounded habit, large white fragrant flowers about 10cm wide with bright yellow stamens in the centre cover the canopy from Autumn to Winter and the deep green glossy leaves make the flowers stand out even more!

It is a very low maintenance plant, native to Southern Asia is a great addition for any garden big or small, perfect as a specimen plant or a low screen.

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