Brachychiton acerifolius


Brachychiton acerifolius

Flame Tree

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Eastern Australia

Growth Habit:

A tree to 60 feet tall and 30 feet wide.

Growing Requirements:

Full sun, needs little to moderate water once established. Grows best in well-drained soil.


B. acerifolius has unusual deeply-lobed foliage, which goes deciduous for a time in late winter, and a swollen, bottle-shaped trunk. Its most striking feature is a spectacular display of bright red flowers in late spring/early summer. The flowers are followed by large brown seed pods which may hang on the tree for months.

Where at Lotusland:

Seven B. acerifolius are planted in the Australian Garden, the area around the Visitors’ Center.

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