Little Kurrajong, Rusty Kurrajong
Brachychiton bidwillii

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brachychiton (brak-ee-KY-ton) (Info)
Species: bidwillii (bid-WIL-lee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Casa Grande, Arizona

Fresno, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Dec 11, 2009, goldenstate from Fresno, CA wrote:

I have a seedling that is about 3 feet tall in a pot (I posted pictures of the seedling earlier). We just had a three nights of heavy frost with temperatures ranging from 25F to 30F. A lot of hardy plants were damaged by the duration of the frost (plants like Aloe Maculata, Justicia, Echeverias) but the seedling has no damage whatsoever, even after being in the open for the duration of the cold temperatures. It seems like it's hardier than noted.

Positive

On Mar 31, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Good landscape tree with great looking red-orange flowers in the spring (north of the equator). Leaves fuzzy but otherwise tree similar in appearance to B discolor.