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Care of the plant Brachychiton acerifolius or Flame tree.

Care of the plant Brachychiton acerifolius or Flame tree

The genus Brachychiton, family Malvaceae, comprises 30 species of shrubs and trees native to Australia. Some species are: Brachychiton acerifolius, Brachychiton bidwillii, Brachychiton discolor, Brachychiton populneus, Brachychiton rupestre.

Common names: Flame tree, Flame bottletree, Illawarra flame tree. This species is native to the east coast of Australia.

They are semi-deciduous trees with a straight trunk and a pyramidal crown that reach 15 meters in height. They have leathery leaves with 5-7 bright green lobes on the upper side. The showy bell-shaped flowers are deep red in color and appear before the leaves. They bloom in spring. The fruits are dark pods shaped like a boat.

These fast-growing, long-lived trees are used as isolated specimens in mid to large gardens, in public streets and parks, or even in pots. They are suitable for Mediterranean coastal gardens but not on the seafront. They combine very well with Jacarandas.

Brachychiton acerifolius can grow in full sun or semi-shade exposure and prefers dry winters. They resist occasional frosts but it is better not to expose them to less than 4ºC.

They can clutinate in almost any type of soil but prefer that it is well drained, deep and contains organic matter.

Water regularly in summer without letting the substrate dry out completely. From 8-10 years of age they resist drought well. In spring, fall and winter water moderately waiting for the soil to dry out.

Fertilize with organic matter in autumn and with slow-release mineral fertilizer in early spring.

They do not usually need pruning.

They are trees resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring or by cuttings in late summer or fall.

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