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
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
Growth Habit:Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

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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 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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