Botanical Name: Brachychiton populneus
Common Name: Bottle Tree, Kurrajong  
Plant photo of: Brachychiton populneus
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Water Saving Tip:

Even during our hottest months we don't need to water daily.

Give your plants a chance to breathe.

Water late at night or in the early morning hours to avoid losses to wind and evaporation.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

25-40', 40-60'


Flower Color

Yellow, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green, Light Green


Bark Color

Green, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles



Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Background, Parking Strip, Street Tree


Special Uses

Screen, Wind Break, Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Susan Frommer/Sea Tree
  • Description

  • Notes

This semievergreen tree will grow quickly to 40' x 30'. Leaves are bright green 4'"to 8" long. Produces tubular white blooms that are magenta on the inside. Blooms are followed by large brown woody seed pods that contain yellow popcorn-like seeds. It is very drought tolerant and does best in full sun.
Beware of seed pods as fibers around seeds can irritate skin and eyes.