OK. OK. I know this is not a blog about plants-that-do-not-necessarily-grow-in-Mexico. But the photograph I posted yesterday has raised some questions about what type of tree I have managed to discover. And everyone likes a good mystery.
As I mentioned, it blooms in three stages. The first stage is in the late Spring or early Summer. The flowers are white and very aromatic -- they almost smell like gardenias. Here is a photograph of the first stage.
The white flowers then fall off, and these pods -- looking almost like Chinese lanterns, form.
And during the late Fall, the lanterns open to display what appear to be star-shaped flowers, with a fruit in the center. In this photograph, the lantern is just opening up. The berry will true from green to a bluer shade.
Do any of you have any idea what this tree -- actually, it is more like a gangly shrub -- might be?