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Brachychiton rupestris – Qld Bottle Tree (seed)

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Brachychiton rupestris is a member of the Sterculiaceae family native to dry areas of central western Queensland and northern New South Wales. A tree may reach up to 20 metres, though most specimens are much shorter in cultivation. One of the most recognisable Australian native plants. The large water storing swollen looking trunk can be used to effect in most gardens. Very drought tolerant.

In terms of horticultural benefits the Queensland Bottle Tree serves not only as an ornamental feature but also provides wind protection and shade. Yet the value of Kurrajong reaches beyond the aesthetics and serves to sustain people and animals alike in times of need. The name of the bottle tree can be taken literally, as there is a significant amount of water stored between the inner bark and the trunk. Aboriginals historically carved holes into the soft bark to create reservoir-like structures. The seeds, roots, stems, and bark have all traditionally been a source of food for people and animals alike. Another use has been made of the fibrous inner bark to make twine or rope and even woven together to make fishing nets. (Taken from ANBG website).

Care and Cultivation of Brachychiton rupestris

Plant Brachychiton rupestris seeds just under the surface (0.5cm) in a well drained seed raising mixt in full sun. Keep moist until germination. A drought tolerant, beautiful and hardy species suitable for most gardens.

10 seeds per packet


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