Brachychiton populneum

Flowers of Brachychiton populneum, May 2011.
Flowers of Brachychiton populneum, May 2011.

Brachychiton populneum

“Kurrajong” or “Brachychiton.”

Australia.

An evergreen, frost sensitive, fast growing but medium sized tree (6-10m) found in warm climates. Pyramidal in habit when young, becoming conical.  The glossy, long stalked leaves are variable on the same tree; some “poplar like”, others 3 to 5 lobed, and the bell-shaped flowers hang in panicles. each creamish in colour but with a reddish spotted throat.The flower are followed by a fruit; a woody brown/blackish folicle. Originating from Australia, Brachychiton copes well with hot conditions and drought, having a large tap root which aids the search for water.

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