Brachychiton populneus     
Bottle tree   
Sterculiaceae Family     

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Bottle tree
mature specimen of Brachychiton populneus
Form: pyramidal when young, overall narrow shape growing wider with age; dense foliage
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 30-45ft, spread to 30ft; rapid growth rate
Leaves: simple; often lancolate but has large variation in margin type, sometimes lobed; 2-3in long; glossy green; attractive glittery effect in wind
Flowers: small white or off-white bell shape with pinkish dots; bloom in early summer
Fruit: distinctive brown hard woody boat-shaped pod containing round seeds; fuzz on seed can be an irritant
Stems/Trunks: distinctive trunk shape, trunk tapers like bottle, buttressed wider at base, most obvious when young, losing bottle shape when older; trunk and stems green when young growing more brown with age
Range/Origin: Australia
Hardiness: high to mid teens


 

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close-up of flowers
flowers on Brachychiton populneus
NOTES:

both clay and sandy soil types okay, as long as the texture is consistent
susceptible to Texas root rot
pods are notorious for jamming reel lawnmowers




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