SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA and Bakersfield, CA
Hardy to 25 degrees F.
Native to Australia.
A Brachychiton populneus in Los Angeles is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 48 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 143 inches and a crown spread of 54 feet.
Previously listed in the Streculiaceae family.
Additional Common Names
KURRAJONG, BOTTLE TREE
Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 30 - 50 feet.
Width: 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Ovate, Glossy Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.
White. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Follicle, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Light Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 12 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Moist to Dry Soil.
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
Resistant to Armillaria. Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer, Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Irritant Health Hazard.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Street Tree or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Brachychiton populneus Tree Record." 1995-2019. Dec 15, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/brachychiton-populneus >
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