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PlantFiles: Broad-leafed Bottle Tree, Large-leaved Kurrajong
Brachychiton australis

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Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brachychiton (brak-ee-KY-ton) (Info)
Species: australis (aw-STRAL-iss) (Info)

Synonym:Brachychiton platanoides
Synonym:Clompanus australis
Synonym:Sterculia trichosiphon
Synonym:Trichosiphum australe

Category:
Trees

Height:
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:
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:
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Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive palmbob On Oct 13, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of the rarer Brachychitons in cultivation, it is not one of the more attractive trees- being grown more as an oddity than anything else. It has a rapidly tapering trunk and a thick, round base with a greenish-blue bark. Branches are sparse and looks odd- tree often grows in bizarre shapes. Might make a good container tree. Leaves are palmate... look a lot like maple or liquidamber leaves- shiny green and about 4-5" in diameter. Of the 4 'common' species of Brachychiton, this one seems to be the least cold hardy. I rotted one in a cold spot in my yard when it got down to 25F. I had it planted in clay, which probably didn't help. Seems to be a very drought tolerant tree, even as a seedling.

Regional...

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

Thousand Oaks, California



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