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Brachychiton rupestris - Queensland Bottle Tree
Common Name(s): Queensland bottle tree, Narrow-leaf bottletree, Queensland kurrajong
Native to: Australia
Flowering: Spring - Summer
Watering: Requires moderate watering while establishing
Planting Aspect: Full sun to part shade
DescriptionA dramatic, small, almost evergreen Australian native tree developing a massive bulbous trunk with grey-green, slightly fissured bark and a dense crown of deep green leaves. In spring and early summer, it produces clusters of small yellowish flowers at the branch tips. It is a tough drought resistant tree that can make surprisingly fast growth if well nourished. It grows to a height of 9 to 12metres.
Brachychiton requires a light, well drained soil which is preferably acidic. They also prefer a sheltered position with protection from cold or salty winds and from frost when young. Prepare the growing site by digging over the soil and adding a good handful of blood and bone, rich compost or well decayed animal manure prior to planting out. Water in well at planting time and then on an occasional basis to promote growth. No particular pests or diseases.