Glorious 'Jerilderrie Red' Brachychiton

Australia is home to some 30+ species of Brachychiton and additionally, many naturally occuring and horticulturally produced hybrids. There are many people who know about the colour flowering delight of Brachychiton particularly that of the...

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Australia is home to some 30+ species of Brachychiton and additionally, many naturally occuring and horticulturally produced hybrids. There are many people who know about the colour flowering delight of Brachychiton particularly that of the magnificent Illawarra Flame Tree, Brachychiton acerifolia.

Well here is another to dazzle the senses, particularly when in flower.

Brachychiton hybrid ‘Jerilderie Red’ is a hybrid between B. populneus and B. acerifolia and was first described in the 1890’s.

This is an attractive dense tree that grows to approximately 8m tall and 7m wide. While its origin is uncertain, earliest correspondence has it occurring as a seedling in the grounds of the Jerilderie Primary School New South Wales where the tree still stands today. With a standard tree shape, strong single trunk and an attractive green foliage on slender petioles, its worth as a specimen tree is undeniable.

Add to this a stunning display of red bell-shaped flowers produced on masse in the summer months, and its position intensifies as a fresh native selection for designers, developers, landscapers, arborists and consumers looking for something different. It is no wonder that the tree at Jerilderie attracts great attention when it flowers each year.

Its form does not come true from seed and so work is being done to propagate using the latest grafting techniques. Brachychiton graft readily and are very reliable, usually grafted onto B. populneus for drought prone areas, or onto B. acerifolia in wetter areas.

The form and colour of this magnificent Australian tree makes it suitable for many urban situations including commercial landscapes, streetscapes, schools, parks, golf courses and other amenity plantings as well as a very reliable shade tree in smaller gardens. Fully mature at 8m tall and after 20 years of observation it is an ideal evergreen selection with unmistakable clout.

Plants are currently available, although in modest numbers with sizes varying from small through super advanced.

Brachychiton ‘Jerilderie Red’ is one of a number of new grafted natives becoming increasing available to the Australian market, heralding a new era of quality grown, compact, uniform native trees. This grafting program ensures that Brachychiton ‘Jerilderie Red’ can be brought into our communities where their beauty and significance as a signature Australian tree can be truly appreciated.

This is an attractive dense tree that grows to approximately 8m tall and 7m wide. With a standard tree shape, strong single trunk and an attractive green foliage on slender petioles, it makes a strong statement. Add to this a stunning display of red bell-shaped flowers and it is a stunner!! We have this beauty in 30cm, 50 litre and 100 litre bags. 40cm/27L 100L
Another good flowering specimen, Brachychiton 'Bella Pink' is taller than Brachychiton 'Jerilderie Red' and 'Bella Donna'. Brilliant pink flowers is a definite attraction. We have stock in 30cm, 50 and 100 litres. Be quick! 40cm/27L 200L
Smaller and fatter than its siblings, 'Jerilderie Red' and Bella Pink', this tree is an excellent selection for urban planning. With a mature height of between 5-6 metres this tree offers versatility in landscape planning. At this stage we have good numbers available in 30cm and 400 litre bags.
And for foliage, the winner is...Brachychiton populneus. Fascinating leaves are a healthy green and either simple and pointed in shape or highly lobed. Otherwise known as the Kurrajong Tree, they are quite widely grown as a street tree in country towns because they make manageable evergreen trees around 10 metres high - very acceptable for urban planning requirements. Contact us now for 30cm stock.

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