Brachychiton acerifolius – Illawarra Flame Tree

A spectacular flowering tree, an iconic Australian native. The leaves are shed before flowering in late spring to summer, and the bell shaped flowers can cover the whole tree in a glorious display. Flowering can be variable from year to year. A small to medium spreading tree. In its natural habitat it can grow to 40 metres, but generally reaches will only reach around 10- 20 metres tall in cultivation. The seed is nutritious and can be eaten after toasting.

Family : Malvaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree, Large tree
Width : 15
Flowering Time : Spring, Summer
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Deciduous, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Edible, Street tree
Scientific Name: Brachychiton acerifolius
Common Name : Illawarra Flame Tree
Height : 40
Flower Color : Red
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment :
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan :
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects