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.

Family:Sterculiaceae
Scientific Name:Brachychiton populneus
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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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well 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

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – 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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