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Brachychiton acerifolius, Flame Tree

Brachychiton acerifolius

Flame Tree
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Sterculioideae
Origin: Australia
Can be used for bonsaiBig tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Rainforest tree. This spectacular Australian tree is often conical in shape with dark green glossy leaves, deeply lobed when young. The upper trunk is green. Bright red bell flowers occur when the tree is wholly or partly deciduous, and are followed by thick black pods. Very conspicuous in flower in gardens and in the rainforest.





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Brachychiton acerifolium - Flame tree

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Brachychiton australis, Sterculia trichosiphon, Broad Leaved Bottletree

Brachychiton australis, Sterculia trichosiphon

Broad Leaved Bottletree
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Sterculioideae
Origin: Australia
Can be used for bonsaiBig tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A fast growing shade deciduous tree. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.





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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 MapCaudexCan be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Brachychiton - from Greek, brachys, short and chiton, a tunic, a reference to the coating on the seed. bidwillii - After John Carne Bidwill (1815-1853), a botanical collector of the 1840 - 1850 period. Brachychiton bidwillii is a highly variable species which may sometimes develop as a small tree on a single stem reaching 13-14 ft. with a spread of 13 ft. However, other forms may be little over two metres tall. The Southern Queensland forms usually have deeply-lobed leaves, while the 'Maroochydore' form has very hairy, 5-lobed leaves which are purple-brown when young. This form has pink flowers of a different shape from all others, with a long tube. The largest flowers in the species are found in some plants from the northern inland (Leichhardt form).Most forms of B.bidwillii drop their leaves before flowering. As the plants age, flower production increases, and after 8 years or so they may produce bunches of up to 50 flowers coming directly from the trunk, as well as the usual flowers on twigs and branches. Like other brachychitons, B.bidwillii tolerates a wide range of soil types provided they are well drained. All flower best in full sun, despite being 'dry rainforest' plants.All forms are frost-resistant to at least -6 degrees C and are drought-tolerant from a very early age (little over a month), as they form tuberous roots at the same time as their first true leaves. All forms respond well to pruning. Propagation from seed is relatively easy without any pretreatment. The seeds are surrounded in the capsule by irritant hairs and are best collected using gloves. The species usually takes about 3 years to flower from seed. Grafting is also relatively easy, and by using scions of mature material from good flowering forms, plants will flower much earlier than those grown from seed. Seedlings of B.acerifolius, B.populneus and B.discolor have been successfull used as grafting stocks. May be used as Bonsai.





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Brachychiton discolor, Brachychiton paradoxus var. discolor, Lacebark Kurrajong, Pink Flame Tree

Brachychiton discolor, Brachychiton paradoxus var. discolor

Lacebark Kurrajong, Pink Flame Tree
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Sterculioideae
Origin: South-Eastern Queensland
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCan be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Brachychiton is a genus of 30 or more species, most of which occur in tropical parts of Australia in dry areas or in rainforest. They are large shrubs or trees. One of the most commonly cultivated is the Illawarra flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) which is popular due to its spectacular crimson flowers. The Kurrajong (B.populneus) is one of the most widely distributed and is also a common tree in cultivation. Leaves are about 4" to 6" long and deeply lobed. The large, bell-shaped flowers are usually deep pink and occur in clusters at the ends of the branches. The flowers are very spectacular and are followed by seed capsules which contain many large seeds. B. Discolor is reasonably common in cultivation and is hardy in a range of climates although it may be slow growing. It tolerates a range of soils.

Propagation from seed is relatively easy without any pretreatment. The seeds are surrounded in the capsule by irritant hairs and are best collected using gloves. Brachychiton - from Greek, brachys, short and chiton, a tunic, a reference to the coating on the seed. Discolor -two different colors.





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Brachychiton discolor - seeds

Lacebark Kurrajong, Pink Flame Tree. The large, bell-shaped flowers are usually deep pink and occur in clusters at the ends of the branches. The flowers are very spectacular. B. Discolor is hardy in a range of climates although it may be slow growing. May be used as Bonsai.
Propagation from seed is relatively easy without any pretreatment. Cover seeds with 3/8" well-drained soil mix, keep warm, damp and in bright light. Keep only lightly moist, not wet.
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Brachychiton megaphyllus, Giant-leaved Kurrajong

Brachychiton megaphyllus

Giant-leaved Kurrajong
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Sterculioideae
Origin: Australia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCan be used for bonsaiBig tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Brachychiton megaphyllus, Giant-leaved Kurrajong
Brachychiton megaphyllus, Giant-leaved Kurrajong
Brachychiton megaphyllus, Giant-leaved Kurrajong
Brachychiton megaphyllus, Giant-leaved Kurrajong


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Brachychiton paradoxus, Red Kurrajong

Brachychiton paradoxus

Red Kurrajong
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Sterculioideae
Origin: Australia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCan be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowers

Varieties:

Brachychiton paradoxus var. bidwillii

Brachychiton paradoxus var. discolor


Brachychiton paradoxus, Red Kurrajong
Brachychiton paradoxus, Red Kurrajong
Brachychiton paradoxus, Red Kurrajong
Brachychiton paradoxus, Red Kurrajong


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Brachychiton populneus, Kurrajong, Bottle Tree

Brachychiton populneus

Kurrajong, Bottle Tree
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Sterculioideae
Origin: Eastern Australia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCan be used for bonsaiBig tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersIrritatingAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Plants are tolerant of dry conditions, easy to propagate and have many interesting features. Naturally distributed from north-eastern Victoria to Townsville and from the coast through to the semi-arid inland, B. populneus inhabits various well-drained soil types, often occurring among rocky outcrops of granite or limestone and also thriving on deeper soils in some areas. The species Brachychiton populneus has two subspecies that differ in adult leaf shape. Subspecies trilobus has a more northerly and inland distribution and displays leaves with 3, sometimes 5 narrow lobes. The adult leaves of subspecies populneus have reduced side lobes and appear more like those of poplars (Populus species). Flowers are bell-shaped and whitish in color with the inner flower tube streaked purple-brown. Cultivated hybrids involving B. populneus display pink or red flowers. Seeds are borne within woody, boat-shaped fruit 1"-4" long and are surrounded by fine hairs that can cause skin and eye irritation. Juvenile plants, which display attractive lobed leaves and swollen taproots, make good pot-plants tolerant of dry and pot-bound conditions that respond well to pruning. Trees are typically stout with glossy-green foliage and are widely used as street trees in Australia and overseas. Native populations on agricultural land are often retained to provide dense shade and drought fodder. Leaves lopped from branches are nutritious and desirable to stock, however consumption of the fruit may cause illness. The deep rooting trees have minimal impacts on cropping and also support honey production. Ground-up seeds can be brewed into a coffee substitute or added to bread. The swollen, carrot-like taproot is a nutritious and agreeable vegetable and the gum exudate is also edible. Kurrajong fibre taken from the stem has been used in twine and netting manufacture. Propagation is from seed or cutting. Seeds are readily germinated and immersion in warm-hot water then soaking for 12 hours enhances success. Care must be taken to avoid the irritating hairs surrounding the seeds. Cuttings from plants with desirable characteristics may be grafted onto seedling rootstock. Plants to 6Ft respond well to transplantation if the swollen taproot is conserved and the branches trimmed to reduce water loss. By: Australian National Botanic Gardens





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Brachychiton populneus - seeds

Kurrajong, Bottle tree. Plants are tolerant of dry conditions, easy to propagate from seed. Forms a swollen trunk and can be grown as a bonsai. Seeds are readily germinated and immersion in warm-hot water then soaking for 12 hours enhances success.
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Brachychiton rupestris, Queensland Bottle Tree

Brachychiton rupestris

Queensland Bottle Tree
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Sterculioideae
Origin: Queensland (Australia)
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCaudexCan be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate water

The bottle tree is a small to medium sized tree which may reach 18-20 metres in height although it is usually much smaller in cultivation in cooler areas. It has a characteristic bulbous trunk which gives rise to the common name and which makes the tree unmistakable. Leaves are about 100 mm long and may have entire margins or be deeply lobed. The bell-shaped flowers are yellowish in clusters at the ends of the branches but are not especially conspicuous. The flowers are followed by seed capsules which contain many large seeds.

B.rupestris is commonly cultivated and is hardy in a range of climates although it may be slow growing. The bottle shaped trunk may start to be noticeable at around 5-8 years of age. It tolerates a range of soils.Moderate to little water, needs good drainage.

Propagation from seed is relatively easy without any pretreatment. The seeds are surrounded in the capsule by irritant hairs and are best collected using gloves.





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