Brachychiton populneus


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 populneus, Kurrajong
The trunk is broad at the base and tapers quickly. The branches are covered with glossy evergreen leaves that shimmer in the breeze. Small white flowers are inconspicuous. Use as a screen or high windbreak.

Attributes - Brachychiton populneus

Plant Type: Tree

Bloom Season: Mid Spring

Flower Color: Purple, Red, White, Yellow

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 50 ft. to 70 ft.

Width: 70 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Caterpillars, Mealybugs, Whiteflies.

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Brachychiton acerifolius
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