Queensland Bottle Tree (brachychiton rupestris)

(Small 6-12″ plants, but very fast growing) Coolest trunk on the plant award goes to… The Amazing Bottle Tree! In case you didn’t get it, the truck of the tree is swollen low and narrows on the way up to the branches, giving the appearance of a bottle shape, and typically occurs between years 5 to 8. Numerous abundant panicles of creamy, light yellow flowers have red markings and appear in the fall followed by woody seed pods filled with 4 to 8 seeds. If that’s not enough to excite any gardener, the leaves are unique in that they vary in shape from branch to branch and tree to tree! Truly a one of a kind for any garden. This Australian native is an amazing addition to any tropical garden collection.

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