Brachychiton rupestris
“Queensland Bottle Tree”

Brachychiton rupestris Queensland Bottle Tree Brachychiton rupestris Queensland Bottle Tree

What a huggable tree! An outlandish succulent trunk is the stand out feature of this easy to grow tree from Australia. Drought tolerant, accepting of a wide range of soils (EVEN CLAY) and staying under 30' in cultivation, it's fun choice for a street or garden tree in USDA Zone 9 and up, and because mature trees of this species can be easily transplanted - staying out of the ground for up to 3 months is no problem - you can take it with you - even if you rent! What a catch! Leaves are varied, but generally long and elliptical, and it sports curious and lovely bell shaped yellow flowers in spring, followed by "boat shaped" fruits. In its first two years of growth, a "Queensland Bottle Tree" can grow up to 6', but the trunk doesn't begin to swell until after year three. A full grown tree can be up to 40' tall with a 30' canopy, and the wide trunk can grow up to 6' in diameter. This Buddha-bellied tree is also well-suited to container culture and can be used as bonsai specimen as well!

Brachychiton rupestris Queensland Bottle Tree
Photo by Cas Liber

Full Sun
Perennial Tree
USDA Zones 9-11