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PlantFiles: Little Kurrajong, Rusty Kurrajong
Brachychiton bidwillii

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive goldenstate 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 palmbob 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.

Regional...

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

Casa Grande, Arizona
Fresno, California
Thousand Oaks, California



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