We live in Alhaurin El Grande near Malaga in Southern Spain. We're trying to identify a tree (fulltree.jpg) that is growing near
our swimming pool. The story of this tree is as follows; When we were building our house we excavated to a depth of about 4m for
our swimming pool. The earth we excavated was subsequently used to back fill around the concrete walls of the pool.
Within weeks of the work being completed and before we'd started to plant around the pools, a small and very simple bush started
to grow. Now, some 5 years later the "bush" has grown into a tree over 6 metres in height.
This year for the first time the tree has flowered, but the trumpet shaped flower (flower.jpg) only lasts for at most one day,
sometimes just a few hours, the flower I photographed yesterday fell off during the night, I've managed to retrieve
it; the whole trumpet is very sticky and smells very much like dama de noche.
The tree has several main trunks, the bark is quite smooth on some parts of the trunks, just a little rough in places.
The leaf structure (leafstructure.jpg) is an almost perfect replication of 9's. There are 9 lines on each leaf , (leafstructure.jpg) there are nine leaves on each sub branch (I don't know the technical terminology) and there are 9 sub branches on each main branch. The other remarkable thing is that each group of leaves forms the same same as an individual leaf, as does he overall branch structure.
I've seen similar trees to this in the far east but nothing like it in Europe. We'd be very grateful if anyone could identify this tree for us.