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Rare flower blooms on ancient Chinese tree

by webdev

July 08, 2010

For the first time in 90 years the flowers on the Chinese Goat Horn Tree at the Rowallane Garden near Saintfield, England, have blossomed.

Originally planted in 1908, generations of gardeners have cared for the tree, hoping to see its rare and beautiful flowers. Now, 92 summers later, the pallid petals have finally opened, reports the BBC.

"We had noticed in June that the tree was making flower bud growth, which has slowly developed over the past week or so," Averil Milligan, head gardener, told the news source. "We were intrigued to see what they were going to look like and have been keeping a close eye on it."

The flowers let off a "scent of gentle levity," according to the news provider. It is one of only two specimens from the original seed of the plant that is currently alive.

After the flowers bloomed, long, curved fruits appeared on the tree's branches. These curly growths are what give the tree its name, as they resemble the horn of a goat.

These white flowers may be an inspiration for those planning a bouquet for a wedding or other special event. White flowers, such as hollyhocks, calla lilies, cosmos and amaryllis are particularly suited for a bride's bouquets, according to

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