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FLAME BOTTLE 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, Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden - Kaneohe, HI and San Luis Obispo, CA

General Notes

A spectacular tree when it blooms. Tough, glossy, deep green leaves form a dense canopy. These trees can often be seen in Hawai'i's botanical gardens, and would make interesting additions to the home garden flora of Hawai'i.

Gum yields a useful fibre.

WRA score -5, NA

Native to Australia.

Family: Malvaceae
Previously listed in the Streculiaceae family.

Additional Common Names

FLAME BOTTLE TREE, AUSTRALIAN FLAME TREE, ILLAWARRA FLAME TREE, FLAME TREE

Tree Characteristics

Erect and requires ample growing space.

Oval or Rounded Shape.

Has Partly Deciduous foliage.

Height: 50 - 60 feet.

Width: 30 - 40 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Leaves Palmately Lobed to Ovate, Green, Yellow, Partly Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Red. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

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

Bark Green to Light Brown, Rough or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers, Dry Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 15 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic / Neutral Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Low.

Special Uses & Values

Flowering Tree, Street Tree, Specimen Tree.

Bonsai.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Brachychiton acerifolius Tree Record." 1995-2020. Apr 6, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/brachychiton-acerifolius >

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