The Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) is a large pyramid-shaped tree with glossy leaves. The tree has a deciduous nature in some climates and produces masses of brilliant red flowers in late spring and early summer.

How to grow illawarra flame tree in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun or half shade. Prepare the planting area well by digging in  Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Feed in Autumn and Spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.


Growing tips

  • Varieties include:
    Queensland lacebark (Brachychiton discolour)
    Kurrajong (B. populneus)

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