The Australian Bottle tree, Brachychiton Rupestris, is a semi-deciduous tree growing to 20 metres in the wild. Its dominating feature is the swollen bottle-like trunk. Foliage is variable, the juvenile leaves are compound with between 3 and 9 linear leaflets. Upon maturity the leaves are simple, narrow lanceolate, up to 10 cm long. It is a flowering tree, but the flowers are small and somewhat insignificant. It is frost hardy and will take most aspects and soil types and will accept dry conditions. Its natural range in Australia is New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. As with all of the brachychiton family it is easy to grow and the seed requires no pre-treatment. As with most brachychiton this species is adaptable and can grow in the garden or in a tub on a patio or balcony or indoors until its size makes this impractical and is an interesting bonsai subject.
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