For some reason that title insisted on being used for this post, it’s not quite right but the best I could do. My mind was stuck on those word or picture puzzles where you are given a list of things and you pick out the one that doesn’t belong. I started thinking about them when I saw this Acacia dealbata.
See the two different leaves? They are on the same plant! Of course there are several plants that have different juvenile leaves than their adult version. This must be one of them? Next up I saw this tree when out on a dog walk. I couldn’t get really close enough to get a good photograph because behind that chain link fence were a couple of very angry dogs. Hopefully you can make out how it goes from a smooth very pyramidal shape to crazy willy-nilly branches jutting out at the top. It’s like one tree is set on top of another. The last entry in this little collection is in my own garden. These leaves are growing out of the stump of a “dead” Cordyline (knocked back by winter, 3 years in a row). Last year the Cordy resprouted, this year I have these. Definitely not Cordyline leaves (one of these things is not like the others).