Brachychiton rupestris – Queensland Bottle Tree

 

This hardy and adaptable large tree is one of Australia’s most interesting looking, and would make a great talking point for a larger garden, park or property. The name of bottle tree perfectly describes the shape of the trunk, which can reach a couple of metres in diameter, and acts as a water store. The bottle shape develops after around 5 to 10 years. It will drop its leaves before flowering.
The bottle tree does well on a wide range of soils, liking a well drained soil best. Once established it can take some frost, as well as withstanding high temperatures and drought.

Scientific Name:Brachychiton rupestris
Family:Sterculiaceae
Common Name:Queensland Bottle Tree
Plant Type:Large tree
Height:18 ~ 20 metres
Width:5 ~ 12 metres
Flower Colour:Cream, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
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, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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