Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius)

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The Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) is one of Australia's most famous plant species enjoying popularity as an ornamental tree both in Australia and around the world.

Endemic to tropical and subtropical regions on the east coast of Australia it can reach a height of 30 to 35m in the wild, more often 20+m in cultivation with a spread of up to 15m. The flowering is a spectacular event, as it sheds its leaves just prior to producing masses of bright scarlet flowers over the entire tree. Flowering is followed by dark brown, leathery, boat-shaped seed pods reaching 10cm in length.

The Illawarra Flame Tree can be grown in cool temperate and warmer areas and con tolerate occasional light frost.

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