Brachychiton acerifolius

Flame Tree, Flame Kurrajong, Sterculia acerifolia

Commonly called bottletrees, this genus has species with swollen trunks. Some swell at ground level, others have a bulge in the middle. Some have red or scarlet flowers. The clusters of woody canoe-shaped fruits are used in arrangements. However, they produce litter. Drought-tolerant, these species are grown in Florida's high pinelands. Prone to root rot if overwatered. Young plants need supplemental water and are more frost-tender.
Brachychiton acerifolius, Flame Tree, Flame Kurrajong, Sterculia acerifolia
It loses its 10-inch-wide, bright green leaves for a brief period. Its trunk is heavy and smooth.

Attributes - Brachychiton acerifolius

Plant Type: Tree

Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Early Summer

Flower Color: Orange, Red

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 60 ft. to 90 ft.

Width: 40 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Container Plants, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Mealybugs, Scales.

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