Brachychiton populneus - Australian Bottle Tree
Kurrajong is an Australian Bottle Tree with masses of dangly pink flowers, lush foliage and an odd fat trunk. It looks great year round. The slightest breeze made the shiny leaves rustle, and when it blooms, its covered with fat clusters of tiny pink flowers.
Completely undemanding, Kurrajong is evergreen in zones 9-11, thrives in full sun and most any soil, is frost hardy and drought tolerant. A popular street tree, it can grow 30' tall, develops quickly to make a statement in a small garden, but doesn't have an aggressive root system. Landscapers love it.
It's also quite happy in a container and makes a spectacular bonsai. Easy from seed.