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by Jan Flanagan
photographs by Jan Flanagan

Photographs to illustrate the article published in The Mediterranean Garden No 76, April 2014

Jan Flanigan describes species of Brachychiton growing on her property in Brisbane, Australia. B. populneus, she notes, does well in close proximity to gum trees, perhaps because it benefits from the water that runs down the trunks of the towering gum trees whenever there is torrential rain.

Brachychiton populneus

B. rupestris has a swollen bottle-like trunk that serves as a reservoir for moisture to keep the tree alive in times of drought. 

Brachychiton rupestris

B. acerifolius, which she planted in hard, rocky ground, has reached a height of five metres and is spectacular when its brilliant red flowers appear after the leaves have been shed, contrasting well with the green trunks and branches.

Brachychiton acerifolius

Brachychiton acerifolius flowers
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