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Brachychiton

Brachychiton

Brachychiton are an attractive specimen tree genus, native to Australia and are a traditional food and fibre source for Aboriginal people. The stems made the twine for netting. In times of drought the foliage can be used as stock food. Many species are being grafted or hybridised to produce a more reliable flowering and growth habit. B. rupestris and B. populneus especially, develop a distinct bottle tree shape with age and are more drought tolerant than the coastal B. acerifolius which prefers a warm moist coastal environment to grow to full potential. Brachychitons can be semi deciduous and flower annually if conditions are conducive. They are tolerant of a wide variety of climates and periods of drought once established. Some species make good street trees, but others are great amenity or acreage trees, often planted with Jacarandas for flower contrast. A very huggable tree!
Brachychiton acerfolius

Brachychiton acerfolius
Brachychiton populneus

Brachychiton populneus
Brachychiton rupestris

Brachychiton rupestris

 

 

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