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Caudiciforms: Brachychiton

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(Zone 4b)

January 17, 2007
8:05 PM

Post #3094101

Got this at a greenhouse about 10-11 years ago - neglected in a corner all by itself.

I'm almost positive that it's one of the Brachychitons (I had it narrowed down and wrote it down somewhere at home but haven't searched for it lately) but note that mine still has 'juvenile' leaves.

I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to remove or minimize the salt/lime (whichever it is) buildup on the caudex?
It's a very 'woody' caudex with many 'fissures'...not sure if I can remove this buildup or not.

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(Zone 4b)

January 17, 2007
8:10 PM

Post #3094113

The entire tree:

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Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 4, 2007
2:13 AM

Post #3154778

I am only getting my info from an Asian couple who grow these in Aransas Pass, Texas...big Asian population on the coast in Texas...she says if you grow from seed, you will only get about 4" of growth a year with adeniums, but the caudex gets real big and the plant has strong big stems and branches out beautifully. If you grow by cuttings, you won't get a bix caudex and the plant stem stays relatively small with little branching...she told me this today when I saw her.
Hayward, CA

May 24, 2007
4:11 PM

Post #3530975

Looks like B.acerfolium Nan. Funny story to follow(ha)...Mine looked the same as yours,and i was going to grow it as a bonsai...after a couple of years decided to plant it in the ground. Well,years later it's 12 feet tall with a reed thin trunk and the same tiny juvenile leaves-just a lacy amount more.Stunted,yet,not really dwarfed. That's a new one to me. How large they can get and stay in the juvenile mode i don't know. At least the new leaves are a vibrant red,before turning green.

You might try a toothbrush and baking soda to gently scrub the salt minerals off the caudex. Make sure to wash off the soda.
(Zone 4b)

May 24, 2007
4:17 PM

Post #3530994

Thanks for the tip...I'll give that a try...never thought of it!

I like the juvenile leaves, so wouldn't mind if they stayed that way.

Hmmm...wonder what would explain that, after 12 years?
I've noticed in the past, when repotting, that the pot never seems to really 'fill' with roots.

Do you grow any others?
Hollywood, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 25, 2007
4:22 AM

Post #3533330

Looks like a B. rupestris to me. I have several of the B. acerfolium and they never looked like this even as seedlings.
I don't know about Wisconsin, but the B. rupestris is harder to find than the acerfolium.


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