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Brachychiton populneus
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Brachychiton populneus

Bottle Tree
Sterculiaceae
Evergreen, Trees

BRACHYCHITON

Native to Australia. All have woody, canoe-shaped fruits that delight flower arrangers but are merely litter in the view of some gardeners. Grow in well-drained soil. Tend to form strong central leader; require minimal pruning. Blooming habit and leaf drop in the two deciduous species, B. acerifolius and B. discolor, can be most erratic. Young trees often bloom only in sections of the tree rather than all over it; those parts will drop their leaves while nonblooming areas retain their foliage. Older trees tend to produce blooms on all branches and drop all their leaves before flowers appear. Bloom is best after a dry winter.

Brachychiton populneus

Moderate growth to 30–50 ft. tall, 30 ft. wide. Common name refers to the heavy trunk of mature trees, which is broad at the base, tapering toward the top. Leaves (2–3 in. long) are fresh green year-round, shimmer in breeze like those of aspens. Clusters of small, bell-shaped white flowers in late spring are only noticeable close up.

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