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Other names: Lacebark
Characteristics: Deciduous tree to 30 m spread 6 m
Seed per packet: 5
The Lace Bark Tree has a spreading crown and grey coloured bark with a slightly swollen bottle trunk. The heart shaped adult leaves are large to 20 cm long with a downy underside.
Attractive large deep pink flowers 5-6 cm across that appears in summer.
Endemic to the rainforest’s of central News Wales and southern Queensland.
Adapts well to a variety of climates and soils from temperate to tropical climates but prefers a medium to heavy deep soil in a protected shady position. Drought resistant but frost tender.
Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 18-22°C
Brachychiton seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating, to assist with the update of moisture required for germination the following method is suggested. This is not critical but will generally reduce germination time.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.