Brachychiton acerifolius – Illawarra Flame Tree

 

A spectacular flowering tree, an iconic Australian native. The leaves are shed before flowering in late spring to summer, and the bell shaped flowers can cover the whole tree in a glorious display. Flowering can be variable from year to year. A small to medium spreading tree. In its natural habitat it can grow to 40 metres, but generally reaches will only reach around 10- 20 metres tall in cultivation. The seed is nutritious and can be eaten after toasting.

Family:Malvaceae
Scientific Name:Brachychiton acerifolius
Common Name:Illawarra Flame Tree
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:10 ~ 40 metres
Width:5 ~ 15 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Deciduous, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Edible, Street tree
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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