Brachychiton populneus – Kurrajong Tree

 

This small to medium tree is attractive and highly drought tolerant, and makes a lovely ornamental specimen.Low maintenance and attractive, the kurrajong is a great feature tree for use in a range of settings, it can reach up to 20m in height but tolerates pruning to limit size. Great as a street tree as well as in landscapes and medium to large gardens. The dense canopy of glossy green foliage makes it a great shade tree, and the cream flowers with streaked with pink or purple throats add to its visual appeal. Flowers from late Spring to Autumn, and provides a great source of nectar for bees and other foragers. Various parts of the plant provided food sources to Indigenous Australians, the roasted seeds can be eaten, ground as a coffee substitute and used in bread, and the tap root is edible, a nutritious vegetable said to be similar to carrot.

Scientific Name:Brachychiton populneus
Family:Sterculiaceae
Common Name:Kurrajong
Plant Type:Small tree
Height:10 ~ 20 metres
Width:3 ~ 6 metres
Flower Colour:White, Red, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Edible, Street tree, Honey producing plant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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