Brachychiton bidwillii, Brachychiton paradoxus var. bidwillii, Little Kurrajong

Brachychiton bidwillii, Brachychiton paradoxus var. bidwillii

Little Kurrajong
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Sterculioideae
Origin: Australia
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapPlant with caudexPlant used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

In regions with colder climates, Grown in USDA Zone 9-11, it is possible to grow Brachychiton bidwillii in a pot. The roots of this plant are very vulnerable to cold temperatures and should be protected during winter. When potted, select a pot big enough to hold the plant, soil and roots comfortably and use a potting mix that is comprised of two parts soil, two parts sand and one part compost. Brachychiton bidwillii should be positioned in full sun and watered moderately, allowing the soil to dry between watering. The plant should be allowed to enter a dormant period during the winter months, during which time the watering should be reduced. Prune Brachychiton bidwillii as needed to shape its size and form, but be aware that pruning too heavily may reduce the flowering potential of the plant.

Brachychiton bidwillii is a native of Australia and has small, green leaves. It's an evergreen species which can reach a height of 10-20 ft. It has reddish to crimson and vinous coloured flowers which are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds during their blooming period. The kind of flower displayed depends on the form of the plant. It can be used for Bonsai. Its trunk is covered in a brown, corky bark that is used by some aboriginals for canoes and other items. The caudex (trunk) of the plant is swollen and can store large amounts of water in its fleshy stems. This is a benefit to the plant in drought conditions.

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