Brachychiton acerifolius

Bottle Tree

Flame Kurrajong, Illawarra Flame Tree


Tropical trees with swollen trunks and distinctive leaf forms. They will do well in containers if they are watered moderately when growing and much less in winter and given full light. Bonsai potential. Queensland, New South Wales

Flame Kurrajong, Illawarra Flame Tree: Rated as large deciduous tree with large lobed pale green leaves. This species can be covered with bright red bell shaped flowers in summer when the leaves are absent.  (I have noticed this on some of these plants we had growing in containers, the plant lost all its leaves and then started blooming.  Quite a shock if you don't expect it!)    About 30m high.  Makes an excellent container plant when small, but I don't think I have any containers large enough for a 90' tree!  Rated hardy to about +20 F.

Temperature Rating USDA Zone 9
Type Tree to 90'
Flower Color Reddish orange bell shape
Growth Rate Moderate
Placement Sun
Culture Average moisture, less during winter
Native Queensland, New South Wales
Family Sterculiaceae

Key Benefits

bulletUnique, bottle shape at base
bulletAttractive container plant
bulletLow water use

Additional Features

bulletExcellent companion plant with Jacaranda
bulletHardy in most soils

Pricing - See Price List Here

*Pour just boiled water over seed and let soak 24 hrs.  Then sow seed 1/4" deep in well drained media.  Give preventive fungicidal drench.  Germinate 2-3 weeks at 70-75 degrees F.


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