Brachychiton Species, Lacebark, White Kurrajong

Brachychiton discolor

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brachychiton (brak-ee-KY-ton) (Info)
Species: discolor (DIS-kol-or) (Info)
Synonym:Clompanus discolor
Synonym:Sterculia discolor



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

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

Seed Collecting:

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Arcadia, California

Encino, California

Escondido, California

Santa Barbara, California

Orlando, Florida

Harlingen, Texas

Kennewick, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 15, 2017, sjfranken from Escondido, CA wrote:

My parents' next door neighbor has theses planted on the border of his property and theirs in Elfin Forest, CA. The trees are about 20 years old now.

The trees are always nice looking. They have capped out in height at about 20 feet. They are all of uniform height, however the ones that receive water underground from my parents' leech field have grown to a pretty large diameter trunk. So please note that the more water you give them the bigger the diameter of the trunk you will get. I think the largest one is about 5 feet in diameter.

We had seeds fall in our yard and started rooting in very sandy but loose dirt. We then transplanted them to pots and they have remained about 2-3 feet tall while in the pots (about 5-6 years old now). Whenever we forget t... read more


On May 6, 2013, rhinojack from Harlingen, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

A beautiful tree that here in the Rio Grande Valley stays green all year around tough it does drop leaves in the Spring. I bought mine 12 years ago at a foot and a half high for $4.99. Now it is mid-Spring 2013 and it has bloomed for the first time rather sporadically. Hopefully each year to come it will bloom denser.


On Aug 2, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Though this is a rainforest tree from eastern Australia, it does very well in a mediterranean relatively dry climate. It is closely related to the bottle tree and flame tree that also do well here in Southern California. All other Brachychitons excell here, though B australis is a bit touchy with cold and overwatering.

This tree is known for its showy pink flowers and stout, tapering trunk. It flowers in So Cal in the early to mid summer when most of the leaves have fallen off. So it is deciduous in the warm season. Some marginal areas force it to lose its leaves in the fall, too. The leaves are large and deeply divided with smooth angles.

Germination is very straightforward, but getting the seeds out of the pods can be a challenge. If you are lucky... read more