Brachychiton - - Semi-mature and mature Brachychiton rupestris

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Brachychiton rupestris - Queensland Bottle Tree






Plant Type:

Evergreen tree becoming semi deciduous in drought or in colder areas.


18-20m x 10m (may vary depending on location and environment)

Habit/ Form:


The leaves are very unusual and are variable from narrow and elliptic to deeply divided


Clusters of yellowy bell shaped flowers are hidden within the foliage, and are followed by woody boat-shaped fruits


Seeds are borne within woody, boat-shaped Pods 5 -7 cm long. They contain sharp fiberglass like hairs which may severely irrigate skin and eyes.

Bark / Trunk:

Straight clear trunk that may become robust in drier areas as it stores water in case of drought.

Vigour / Longevity:

Slow growing and bottle shape appears after 15 years. Depending on availability of water, the tree may live to over 80 – 100 years, even older in some situations.

Environmental Requirements:

Full sun to semi shade, tolerates exposed sites. Suited to temperate subtropical and tropical climates


Drought tolerant and moderately damp areas but not prolonged inundation.

Soil / Drainage:

Well-drained soil is preferable. They will grow in heavier soils, but not heavy clays.


Prune to shape.


Tolerant of dry periods. Over watering should be avoided.


Slow release fertilizer is recommended.

Pests / Diseases:

Borer when young and canker.


The ability to tolerate extreme conditions makes it popular as a street tree in dry areas; also used in many native gardens as a feature tree. The Aboriginals used this tree for many purposes from the leaves to the edible seed and even the bark, during droughts farmers have used the tree for fodder.



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