Queensland Bottle Tree
The Queensland bottle tree, native to eastern Australia, is named for its remarkable trunk. Brachychiton (roughly “short covering”) refers to a coating on the seeds, and rupestris means that it is found growing among rocks. This tree is not found in the wild in North America.
Identification: This tree can reach 70' (21 m), but is usually under 40' (12 m). The bottle shape, which develops only after 5-8 years, can reach a diameter of more than 6' (1.8 m). Flowers are yellow, in clusters. Fruits are woody, shaped like canoes.
Brachychiton rupestris at the Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens
Brachychiton rupestris on Wikipedia
Brachychiton rupestris on Desert-tropicals.com
Brachychiton rupestris at the Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs and Vines
Brachychiton rupestris at Trees of Williamstown Botanic Gardens (PDF)
Brachychiton rupestris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9-11: