Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Brachychiton rupestris

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Common name: Queensland Bottle Tree
Special Notes: The Queensland Bottle Tree is a very unusual semi-evergreen tree from Australia with a distinctive, bottle-shaped swollen pachycaul trunk.  As the tree grows the stem swells as it stores water and becomes bottle shaped. It grows to 60’ in native habitat but closer to 30’ in cultivation. Leaves drop in winter before cream and red flowers appear in spring.

Family: Malvaceae
Native to: Australia
Form: Semi-evergreen tree
Size: 20 to 30' feet
Blooms: Spring
Attracts: Bees
Flowers: Small, cream& red colored
Light: Full sun
Water: Drought tolerant when established
Hardiness: Hardy in Bay Area (20F)
Soil: Well-drained soil