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Characteristics: Deciduous tree to 20 m spread 5 m
Seed per packet: 5
Widely distributed in eastern Australia and is also common in cultivation. Small to medium-sized tree which may reach 20 metres in height although it is often much smaller in cultivation. It has a compact and densely foliaged habit which makes for an attractive specimen plant.
The trunk is stout and grey, while the leaves are shiny green and either entire or 3 lobed, up to 10 cm long. Young foliage is pale green tinged with pink giving the tree an interesting appearance. The small bell shaped flowers are cream with a pink, red or purple tinged appear in spring and summer.
Ground-up seeds can be brewed into a coffee substitute or added to bread. The swollen, carrot-like taproot is a nutritious and agreeable vegetable and the gum exudate is also edible. Kurrajong fibre taken from the stem has been used in twine and netting manufacture.
Adaptable to most soils and prefers an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
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.