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Kurrajong, Brachychiton populneus

The Kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus) is native to Australia. This small to medium sized tree can be found in a variety of climates from the wetter coastal regions to drier more arid interior regions of Australia. It wide trunk stores significant amounts of water for survival in the drier habitats. Flowers are varied shades of pink with a tubular shape. The leaves of the Brachychiton populneus vary greatly in shape and can be multi-lobal or straight and pointy.

Seeds of this tree have been a part of the Aboriginal diet for generations. The wood is soft making it ideal for making shields. During droughts the leaves can be used as food for livestock. It has been cultivated as an ornamental tree in south-western Australia, South Africa, Louisiana, California and Arizona.

Kurrajong Brachychiton populneus