SelecTree: Tree Detail
QUEENSLAND BOTTLE TREE
Photo Locations: Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, LA County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Leaning Pine Arboretum - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA and Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA
A generally small tree with a trunk that is typically swollen at the base. Grows up to 60 feet in the wild. Leaves are narrowly dissected (finger-like).
Native to Queensland, New South Wales.
A Brachychiton rupestris in Cupertino, CA is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 21 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 78 inches and a crown spread of 22 feet.
Previously listed in the Streculiaceae family.
Additional Common Names
QUEENSLAND BOTTLE TREE, Narrowleaf Bottle Tree, Kurrajong
Has Partly Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 - 40 feet.
Width: 20 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate to Palmately Lobed, Blue Green, Partly Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Cream and 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 Gray Green, Fissured.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 13, 21, 23 and 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 12.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
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
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
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Brachychiton rupestris Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
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