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.

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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