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FLAME TREE
Brachychiton acerifolius

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Photo Locations: Stanford, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA, Disneyland - Anaheim, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA

General Notes

This partly deciduous tree has showy red or orange flowers.

Native to East Coast of Australia.

Family: Malvaceae
Previously listed in the Streculiaceae family.

Additional Common Names

FLAME TREE, AUSTRALIAN FLAME TREE

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Conical Shape.

Has Partly Deciduous foliage.

Height: 60 feet.

Width: 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Ovate to Palmately Lobed, Glossy Medium Green, Partly Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Orange or Red. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown Follicle, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 15 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Irritant Health Hazard.

Special Uses & Values

Street Tree.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Brachychiton acerifolius Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 21, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/brachychiton-acerifolius >

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