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Brachychiton bidwillii

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ARBOL Brachychiton bidwillii (STERCULIACEA)

Brachichito de Bidwill
Origen Australia
Full sun Medium water
Deciduous Glabrous green/ tomentose underside
Flor Pinkish red
Baya o Fruta Ligth green follicle
Alt.Max. 5/6 m
Anch.Max. 5/6 m
Zona ZONA 9

Brachychiton bidwillii is a highly variable species which may sometimes develop as a small tree on a single stem reaching 13-14 ft. with a spread of 13 ft. However, other forms may be little over two metres tall. The Southern Queensland forms usually have deeply-lobed leaves, while the 'Maroochydore' form has very hairy, 5-lobed leaves which are purple-brown when young. This form has pink flowers of a different shape from all others, with a long tube. The largest flowers in the species are found in some plants from the northern inland. Most forms of B.bidwillii drop their leaves before flowering. As the plants age, flower production increases, and after 8 years or so they may produce bunches of up to 50 flowers coming directly from the trunk, as well as the usual flowers on twigs and branches. Like other brachychitons, B.bidwillii tolerates a wide range of soil types provided they are well drained. All flower best in full sun, despite being 'dry rainforest' plants. All forms are frost-resistant to at least -6 degrees C and are drought-tolerant from a very early age. All forms respond well to pruning. Propagation from seed is relatively easy without any pretreatment. May be used as Bonsai.

Diam Ltr Perim Trunk height Total Height Others
ARBUSTO T40 15 60/80 BON
ARBUSTO T50 31 80/100 BON
ARBUSTO T60 50 100/125 BON
ARBOL C30 17
ARBOL C50 50 12/14P
ARBOL C50 50 14/16P