“Kurrajong” or “Brachychiton.”
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.