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 you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it 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 an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




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