Australian Native Plants

  Brachychiton populneus (Kurrajong)

Brachychiton populneus photo
Brachychiton populneus flowers

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Brachychiton populneus photo
Brachychiton populneus flowers and leaves

Photograph by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Brachychiton populneus photo
Kurrajong Brachychiton populneus subsp. populneus near Glen Davis, NSW

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Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Brachychiton populneus in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name

Other Names
Black Kurrajong

The Kurrajong is a tree growing to 20 m tall (often much smaller). The leaves are variable, and can be lobed with three or five lobes, or entire without lobes. Leaves grow 5 cm to 10 cm long. The bell-shaped flowers are whitish with purple or brownish streaks or flecks inside, and have 5 partially fused petals, about 2 cm long. The seed pods are boat-shaped, and grow about 2 cm to 7 cm long.

forest and woodland

The Kurrajong is found near the coast and in semi-arid inland in central and eastern Queensland, central and eastern New South Wales and Victoria. Naturalised in south west of Western Australia, and in the south east of South Australia.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 8 - 15
Spread (m): 6 - 10
Soil Texture: loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 400
Flower Colour: cream / pink
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Kurrajong

Relatives in same Genus
  Brachychiton acerifolius
  Brachychiton australis
  Brachychiton bidwillii
  Brachychiton compactus
  Brachychiton discolor
  Brachychiton gregorii
  Brachychiton megaphyllus
  Brachychiton muellerianus
  Brachychiton rupestris