Australian Native - Illawarra Flame Tree - Brachychiton Acerifolius (seed)

Australian Native - Illawarra Flame Tree - Brachychiton Acerifolius (seed)

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The scientific name of the flame tree is Brachychiton acerifolius. Other common names are flame kurranjong and flame bottle tree.  Native to the East Coast of Australia.

The Illawarra flame tree height is between 10 to 40 metres and it can grow to a width of 5 to 15 metres. It is deciduous, the Illawarra Flame Tree leaves are variable that are oval shaped and have 3 to 5 lobes. The size of a leaf is about 10 to 30 cm long. The tree has the tendency to shed its leaves at the end of winter and before the flowering season. The green leaves will turn yellow before falling off and giving way to bright sprays of red coloured flowers.

The Illawarra Flame Tree flowers are bell-shaped and form clusters at the end of the tree branches. They have a waxy look and grow to a size of just 1 to 2 cm long. Each flower has about five petals. The fruits are dark brown, pod-like, and are boat-shaped.

Beware parts of the Illawarra Flame Tree seed pods have thin hairs or minuscule bristles that can cause irritation to the skin so best to wear gloves when preparing the seed for germination.

How to Propagate Flame Tree Seeds?

  • Put the Flame Tree seeds in a small bowl of hot water for 24hrs.
  • Make the pot to plant the seeds ready first. Add seed raising mix to the pot until it is 3/4th Add water to the soil mixture until the top layer gets fully dampened.
  • Remove the seeds from the hot water. Dry completely.
  • Plant 2 to 3 of the seeds in the prepared pot. The seeds just need to be pushed with your finger into the soil. It just needs to get 1 to 1 ½ inch into the soil.
  • Place the pot in a water tray and place it in a warm area in your home.
  • The seedlings will start to show up in about 2 to 3 weeks’ time.
  • The seedlings can now be shifted to an area in your home where it can get at least 6 hours of light every day.
  • Once the seedlings grow to about an inch tall, make sure that you have just one Flame Tree seedling in a pot.
  • Once the seedling gets well established and two to three leaves start to appear, they can be moved outdoors.
  • Consider the size of the tree at its mature size and its tap root before planting into the garden.

Illawarra Flame Tree Care

Caring for the flame tree as it loves to grow in well-draining loamy or clay soil.

  • They need full sun or partial shade to grow and help them flower.
  • In temperate climates, it can tolerate light frost.
  • It is important to water the plant well for up to 12 weeks after being installed to your garden.
  • Adding a slow-release fertiliser during the springtime could very well encourage the tree to flower.

It will take about 8 to 10 years for the spring flowers to show up on the flame tree. They are mainly suited to large gardens.

5 seeds per packet