SelecTree: Tree Detail
FLAME BOTTLE TREE
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
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. Brachychiton acerifolius has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -5 (Low Risk).
Native to Australia.
Previously listed in the Streculiaceae family.
Additional Common Names
FLAME BOTTLE TREE, AUSTRALIAN FLAME TREE, ILLAWARRA FLAME TREE, FLAME TREE
Erect and requires ample growing space.
Has Partly Deciduous foliage.
Height: 50 - 60 feet.
Width: 30 - 40 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Palmately Lobed to Ovate, Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Partly Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Red. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts 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.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic / Neutral Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Low.
Special Uses & Values
Flowering Tree, Street Tree, Specimen Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Brachychiton acerifolius Tree Record." 1995-2021. Jan 21, 2021.
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