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Brachychiton

species, hybrids and cultivars

Common Names: Illawarra flame tree, Queensland Bottle Tree and others
Family: Malvaceae (formerly in Sterculiaceae)


The Illawarra flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) is popular around SE Qld for its spectacular red floral display in early summer (some years better than others), after losing all or most of its leaves.

It has a natural upright form which is is not really suitable for pruning. Note butchered specimens planted underneath power lines. If you need a small tree, select something else.

Another famous member of the genus is the Queensland Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris) with its swollen trunk. However, there are a number of other Brachychiton species occuring in Australia. The Little Kurrajong (Brachychiton bidwillii) is a shrub.


News

New bottle trees for heroes

Four Roma bottle trees requiring removal due to poor health will be replaced in time for Anzac Day. Two of the trees are in Heroes Avenue and the plaques will be retained and associated with the new trees, continuing the tradition of the memorial. Source: Bottle tree removal in Roma - this Saturday & Sunday (February 2017)






Brachychitons in the Landscape


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Grafted Brachychiton probably Beau Bells  Grafted Brachychiton probably Beau Bells  Grafted Brachychiton probably Beau Bells
Grafted Brachychiton, probably Brachychiton bidwillii 'Beau Bells'

Brachychiton acerifolius - Illawarra Flame Tree  Brachychiton acerifolius - Illawarra Flame Tree
Brachychiton acerifolius, Illawarra Flame Tree

Brachychiton rupestris - Illawarra Flame Tree  Brachychiton rupestris - Illawarra Flame Tree  Brachychiton rupestris - Illawarra Flame Tree
Brachychiton rupestris - Illawarra Flame Tree  Brachychiton rupestris - Illawarra Flame Tree  Brachychiton rupestris - Illawarra Flame Tree
Brachychiton rupestris Narrow-leaved bottle tree


Other Information Online



General

Sorting Brachychiton names University of Melbourne
Brachychiton Descriptions Description and pictures of a variety of commercially-available Brachychitons from Australis Plants, Qld

Brachychiton acerifolius

Brachychiton acerifolius Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP)
Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Flame Kurrajong (Flame tree) (Brachychiton acerifolius) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Brachychiton acerifolius Flame tree. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Brachychiton acerifolius (Flame Tree) Sassafras rainforest regeneration project, NSW
Brachychiton acerifolius Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney
No Flames here! Discusses flowering of Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Brachychiton acerifolius The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Illawarra Flame Tree The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Brachychiton acerifolius Urban Forest Ecosystems, California
Attention Grabbers (Brachychiton acerifolius and Stenocarpus sinuatus) Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Brachychiton acerifolius, Flame Bottletree Includes advice on pruning and management of this species in urban landscapes. University of Florida
Brachychiton acerifolius Some interesting observations on the flowering performance of Illawarra Flame tree in a consistantly wet climate like Singapore. Garden Voices blog, National Parks Singapore
Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, California

Brachychiton bidwillii

Little Kurrajong (Brachychiton bidwillii) At "Grow Me Instead"
Brachychiton bidwillii Rusty kurrajong. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network

Brachychiton discolor

Brachychiton discolor F.Muell. New South Wales Flora Online
Brachychiton discolor Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Lacebark Tree (Brachychiton discolor) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Brachychiton discolor Lacebark. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Brachychiton discolor Cal Poly Plant Conservatory, USA
Brachychiton discolor, Scrub Bottletree Includes advice on pruning and management of this species in urban landscapes. University of Florida
Queensland Lacebark (Brachychiton discolor) Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, California

Brachychiton populneus

Brachychiton populneus Australian National Botanic Gardens
Brachychiton populneus: Kurrajong Alice Springs Town Council
Brachychiton populneus Alice Springs Town Council
Brachychiton populneus subsp. populneus Kurrajong. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
The kurrajong Brachychiton populneum (includes tips on how to lop them for fodder) NSW Department of Primary Industries (PDF)
Kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus) Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, California

Brachychiton rupestris

Brachychiton rupestris Narrow-leaved bottle tree. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Brachychiton rupestris Australian National Botanic Gardens
Brachychiton rupestre Alice Springs Town Council
War Memorial and Heroes Avenue, over 90 Brachychiton rupestris in Roma. Queensland Heritage Register, Environmental Protection Agency
Brachychiton rupestris University of Arizona Campus Arboretum
Queensland Bottle tree (Brachychiton rupestris) Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, California
Brachychiton (flame tree genus) Iziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa

Other Species

Brachychiton diversifolius Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Brachychiton gregorii Alice Springs Town Council
Brachychiton gregorii: Desert Kurrajong Alice Springs Town Council
Plants of the Kakadu region Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australia [Brachychiton paradoxum)
Brachychiton albidus The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton australis The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton chillagoensis The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton diversifolius subsp. diversifolius The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton garrawayae The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton grandiflorus The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton paradoxus The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton velutinosus The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton viridiflorus The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton xanthophyllus The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Brachychiton vitifolius Department of the Environment and Water Resources

Cultivars

Brachychiton Descriptions Description and pictures of a variety of commercially-available Brachychitons from Australis Plants, Qld
Brachychiton 'Jerilderie Red' Australian National Botanic Gardens
Brachychiton 'Griffith Pink' Australian National Botanic Gardens

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