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Brachychiton acerifolius tree description
The Brachychiton acerifolius (flame tree) is of medium to large size, about 60 feet (18.29 m) tall. Under ideal natural conditions, it can grow much taller. The attractive, grayish bark is often with yellow flecks and smooth. Also, the crown is pyramidal or rounded, moderately dense, and variably spreading. In addition, the bright green, glossy leaves are palmate in shape (resembling maple leaves) but variable, up to 8 inches (20.32 cm) long and deciduous in the dry season.
Furthermore, flowering takes place when the tree is bare. The showy brilliant red, cup-shaped blooms are about 1 inch (2.54 cm) wide and borne at branch ends. The fruit is a woody pod, pointed at both ends, about 4 inches (10.16 cm) long. Also, the pods contain up to 12 yellow seeds and contain irritating hairs. Seeds and cuttings are for propagation purposes. Toasted seeds are edible.
Flame tree cultivation
In cultivation, the flame tree is tolerant of most well-drained soils. Young trees benefit from pruning to maintain a dominant leader. In landscaping, use the Flame tree in open spaces like civic centers. Brachychiton acerifolius (flame tree) makes a great accent tree in a garden. In addition, use it as a street tree or place it in a large planter. Alternatively, train it to grow as a bonsai plant.
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