Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Brachychiton bidwillii

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - December

Common name little kurrajong
Scientific name Brachychiton bidwillii Hook.
Family  Malvaceae

Genus: From Greek, brachys, short; and chiton, a tunic. In reference to the seed coat.

Species: After John Carne Bidwill (1815-1853), a botanical collector of the 1840 - 1850 period.

Distribution Comes from south-eastern Queensland.
Native habitat Occurs in scrub, rainforest and inside the edge of open hardwood forest, but always in situations with high light levels.

A small tree, 2 - 5 m tall with coral red flowers.

Flowering/fruiting Generally flowers in summer.

Location in Garden

In the Kurrajong Arboretum as you drive around Caley Drive.


This ornamental small tree is little-known in cultivation but is suitable for tropical, subtropical or coastal regions and is drought resistant. It can be very slow growing in southern areas, but starts flowering when it is very small.

Most forms of Brachychtion bidwillii drop their leaves before flowering. As the plants age, flower production increases, and after 8 years or so they may produce bunches of up to 50 flowers coming directly from the trunk, as well as the usual flowers on twigs and branches

Some of the plants in our Arboretum have been grafted onto Brachychiton acerifolius, the Illawarra flame tree, to provide greater vigour.




Brachychiton bidwillii