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Care of the plant Brachychiton discolor or Lacebark tree.

Care of the plant Brachychiton discolor or Lacebark tree

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

Common names: Pink kurrajong, Scrub bottletree, Hat tree, Sycamore, Lacebark tree. This species is native to eastern Australia.

They are pyramidal trees that reach 30 meters in height. They have lobed leaves, hairy in texture and dark green on the upper side (white on the underside). The flowers are bell-shaped and do not have petals but a pink calyx. They bloom in summer. They produce dark, boat-shaped fruits that can be used for floral decorations and bouquets.

They are fast-growing plants that are used as isolated specimens in gardens and in rows for public parks and streets.

Brachychiton discolor grows in full sun or semi-shade exposures; they support frosts down to -5 ºC.

They can be grown in any type of soil that is well drained. Planting is recommended in spring.

They resist drought well; water moderately waiting for the soil to dry out.

Fertilize in early spring with manure or compost.

They do not need pruning; only to remove damaged branches after flowering.

They are trees resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring; they germinate in a few weeks.

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