Brachychiton populneus

Bottle tree
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Plant Type

Tree

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

50′ x 30′

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

Insignificant

Bloom Time

Summer

Special Features

Attractive Bark, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant

Container Sizes

#5, #15, 24″ Box

Natural Growth Habit

Conical, Upright

Sunset Garden Zones

12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

9-11

Brachychiton populneus Bottle Tree is a small to medium sized tree found naturally in Australia in a diversity of habitats from wetter coastal districts to semi-arid interiors of the country. The extended trunk is a water storage device used for survival in a warm dry climate. The bell-shaped flowers are variable in color (pale to pink) while the leaves vary considerably in shape. The leaves are either simple and pointed or may be 3 – 9 lobed. Saplings grow from a drought and fire resistant tap-rooted tuber. Evergreen tree to 50′ Excellent shade tree for deserts windbreaks. A brachychiton populneus in Orange is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 41 feet high with a trunk circumference of 89 inches and a crown spread of 43 feet.

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