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Kurrajong bottle tree

Brachychiton populneus


The Kurrajong bottle tree is a handsome evergreen species with a fast growth rate and height range between 30-45 ft. tall. Young trees grow with an upright habit; mature plants develop a round dome shape. Foliage consists of glossy medium green, 2-3 in. long, leaves that shimmer in wind similar to poplars. Large numbers of creamy-white and pink bell-shaped flowers are produced from early to mid-spring and are most noticeable when they fall on the ground. Large clusters of woody seed pods appear in summer and will persist for many months.

Kurrajong bottle trees are native to foothills and plains of eastern Australia where it is adapted to semi-arid climates, warm temperatures and seasonal drought. Soils are typically rocky and have good drainage. The natural adaptations of the bottle tree make it well suited for use as a street and park tree, as well as a shade tree in residential gardens and landscapes throughout the Inland Empire. It grows best in full sun and on well-drained soils; excessive watering can lead to root rot problems in poorly drained soils. Litter from leaves, flowers and pods can be a nuisance on paved surfaces.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Narrow, Mounding, Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Pink, White, Insignificant
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Shade Tree, Screening, Residential spaces, Parks and open space, Foundations, Foliage accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Background plant
Height: 30 ft. – 45 ft.
Width: 15 ft. – 20 ft.

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