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TREE INFORMATION SHEET Genus and species Brachychiton acerifolius Common name/s Illawarra Flame Tree Origin Subtropical forests from Innisfail, Qld Illawarra in NSW. south to Description The Illawarra Flame Tree is a well-recognised flowering Australian tree, extensively cultivated not only in Australia but overseas. Typically forming a pyramidal shape the tree can reach 40m in native conditions, however locally the tree generally only reaches a third of this size. Trees retain the monsoonal characteristic of shedding leaves during October. In good climatic seasons waxy scarlet red flowers smother bare branches during November to December – providing contrast to Jacarandas also flowering at the same time. Dark seed follicles up to 10 cm long develop after flowering and contain bright yellow bristly seeds. New leaf growth commences shortly after the floral display producing large, glossy palmate, leaves often variable on one tree. The Flame trees sculptural form and seasonal variation complement a wide variety of locations and architecture. Aspects of species Spectacular floral display during summer. Generally has a clear straight trunk. Can be used as a feature tree due to its pyramidal shape. Can sometimes be difficult to establish in Perth conditions. Leaf scorch can occur where trees are exposed to drying summer winds or reflected heat from paving. Does not grow well in alkaline or poor soils. Seasonal leaf-fall late spring.