Brachychiton bidwillii - Little Kurrajong - 10 seeds
The Little Kurrajong is an open shrub or small tree to about 2 to 3m in height with large, lobed and pendulous leaves and is of the same family as the Flame tree and the bottle tree and is a very attractive small tree with a dense rounded crown, a thick stout trunk, attractive rusty red new foliage and stunning red tubular flowers. It has the advantage over its better known cousins the Illawarra flame tree and Queensland Lacebark in being a smaller tree ideally suited to home gardens.
In the Spring and Summer it is covered with bell-shaped flowers, a deep vibrant red as illustrated. A singular feature of this one is that blooms form on the woody trunk of the tree, on the woody branches and more normally on stalked clusters at the ends of the branches. A mature tree in full bloom can have hundreds of flowers in a massed display.
It is a frost and drought hardy plant that will grow in a range of well-drained soils and will accept very dry conditions - in Australia 250 to 350mm annually. Its natural range in Australia is on the east coast from subtropical south east Queensland north to tropical Bowen, although it will grow happily south along the coast to Victoria and inland into the drier areas west of the Great Dividing Range. It is renowned in Australia for being very drought resistant once established, although it needs reasonable water in its first year or two, until the root system is established.
Part of its versatility is its ability to grow in sandy or limestone soils and it can be a valuable fodder tree as well as an ornamental.
Another of the attractions of this fast growing species is that it flowers very young - often as a small tree at two years of age!
10 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.