Brachychiton acerifolius
Illawarra Flame Tree

Uses: Tall tree from NSW and Qld. Masses of bright coral-red flowers in spring after the leaves have dropped.
Stunning as a feature tree in season.
Care should be taken when opening the seed pods. There are masses of irritating hairs inside that can cause skin and eye problems.
Indigenous people used the fibre from the inner bark to make twine for fishing nets and fishing lines.

  • Canopy Shape canopy-spreading_d Spreading
  • Height 10-40m
  • Spread 10-15m
  • Position
    • position-fullsun Full Sun
  • Family Sterculiaceae
  • Botanical Name Brachychiton acerifolius
  • Common Name Illawarra Flame Tree
  • Origin Qld, NSW
  • Habit Spreading, Weeping
  • Landscape Coast, Coastal footslopes, 2nd line coast, Plains, Hills
  • Soil Texture Loam, Sand, Clay
  • pH Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Tolerates Drought, Light frost
  • Supplementary Watering Minimal
  • Flower Colour Red
  • Flowering Time Spring, Autumn, Summer
  • Foliage Bright-green
  • Flower Type Bell
  • Purpose Ornamental, Shade
  • Evergreen/Deciduous Deciduous
  • Seasonal Colour Spring, Summer
  • Trunk Smooth
  • Form Tall Tree (Usually exceeds 10m)